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Genealogical  1btstor& 







BY   REV.    J.    BURT. 


[RE-PRINTED,  N,  Y.,  1899.] 

IRotice  flntroouctors  ano  Commendatory. 

ON  the  publication  or  proposed  publication  of  a  book,  it 
is  legitimate  to  inquire,  What  is  the  object  ?  Why  another 
book '?  Why  this  ?  And  it  is  too  late  in  the  world's  time  to 
deny  the  right,  or  question  the  propriety  of  thus  asking  for 
the  reason  of  things. 

This  little  unpretending  volume,  made  up  in  great  part  of 
names,  which  had  a  local  habitation  in  a  very  rural  district, 
may  seem  to  many  uncalled  for,  and  not  to  justify  the  labor 
and  expense  of  its  compilation  and  printing.  But  if  it  has 
nothing  to  boast  of  renowned  characters  beyond  what  is  com- 
mon to  other  localities  and  settlements  in  its  vicinity,  it  still 
contains  the  seeds  of  things  whose  productions  it  becomes 
us  well  to  study  and  understand. 

As  to  names,  the  world  is  full  of  them,  because  it  is 
full  of  things,  and  we  have  the  highest  authority  for  their 
use  and  record.  When  in  the  beginning  God  made  the  light, 
he  gave  it  a  name ;  he  called  the  light  day,  the  darkness  he 
called  night ;  the  firmament,  heaven ;  the  dry  land,  earth  ; 
and  the  gathering  of  the  waters  he  called  seas.  So,  when 
he  made  man  he  called  him  Adam,  and  the  helpmate  for 
him,  Eve ;  and  these  two  were  the  head  and  progenitors  of 
all  our  race.  This  is  ample  authority  for  names  and  their 
record.  We  have  also  equal  authority  in  the  Scripture 
genealogy  for  the  registration  of  families,  as  such,  in  their 
local  habitation. 

The  sons  of  Noah,  Shem,  Ham  and  Japhet,  went  forth 
out  of  the  Ark,  and  of  them  the  whole  earth  was  overspread. 
Again,  it  is  written,  (Gen.  10:32,)  These  are  the  families  of 

the  sons  of  Noah,  after  their  generations  in  their  nations, 
and  by  them  were  the  nations  divided  in  the  earth  after  the 

Every  settlement  has  a  beginning,  a  development,  a  prog- 
ress. Every  smaller  settlement  is  an  integral  part  of  the 
larger;  the  district  of  the  town,  the  town  of  the  county,  the 
county  of  the  state,  the  state  of  the  nation;  yea,  the  nations 
make  but  one  world.  Families  make  a  settlement,  and  if 
the  origin  and  progress  of  a  settlement  contain  items  of 
value  and  of  interest,  to  no  others,  surely  they  must  to 
themselves  and  to  their  descendants.  This  work  was  under- 
taken some  two  years  since,  by  ABIEL  BROWN,  Esq.,  a  des- 
cendent  of  one  of  the  first  settlers,  in  the  west  part  of  Sims- 
bury,  now  Canton,  not  in  anticipation  of  any  personal  pe- 
cuniary profit,  but  for  the  collection  and  preservation  of 
facts  and  incidents  connected  with  the  first  settlers  of  the 
town,  which  it  was  believed,  might  be  useful  to  the  present, 
and  coming  generations. 

In  the  prosecution  of  his  undertaking,  he  was  stimulated 
by  the  urgent  request  of  many  of  the  younger  men  of  the 
place  who  expressed  their  conviction  that  such  a  record, 
made  and  preserved,  would  be  invaluable  to  the  inhabitants 
of  the  town  in  after  time.  The  result,  extending  far  beyond 
the  first  intention  of  the  author,  is  short  sketches,  with  the 
record  of  about  one  hundred  and  eighty-five  families,  extend- 
ing down  to  not  far  from  the  close  of  the  ministry  of  Rev. 
Jeremiah  Hallock. 

The  materials  of  the  work  have  been  gathered  by  an  ex- 
amination of  monuments  and  burial  records  in  the  town  of 
Canton,  of  monuments  and  probate  records  in  the  town  of 
Simsbury;  some  items  were  collected  from  Windsor,  and 
some  from  Plymouth,  Mass.  Beside  thesa  and  similar 
sources  of  information,  the  author  was  largely  indebted  to 
the  storehouse  of  his  own  memory,  by  the  strength  and  ten- 
acity of  which,  he,  above  all  was  the  man  fitted  for  such 
an  undertaking.  The  man  who  could  "  remember  where  he 
was  and  what  he  did  every  day  in  a  single  year,"*  was  of 
all,  the  man  to  undertake  such  a  labor. 

•  A  remark  he  once  made  to  his  nephew,  Heman  Humphrey,  D.  D.,  Pittsfield, 

Perfection  in  this  work  is  not  claimed.  The  lapse  of  more 
than  one  hundred  years  and  the  extreme  paucity  of  family 
records  make  this  impossible.  The  amount  of  labor,  both 
physical  and  mental  the  work  has  cost,  can  be  understood 
by  those  only  who  have  themselves  been  engaged  in  some 
work  of  this  kind. 

Mr.  Brown  expressed  to  his  family,  his  felt  obligation  to 
many  individuals  who  had  rendered  him  essential  aid  in  his 
undertaking,  particularly  to  Ephraim  Mills,  Esq.,  of  Canton, 
and  John  O.  Pettibone,  Esq.,  of  Simsbury. 

Expressing  his  deep  regret  that  we  know  so  little  of  our 
ancestors,  and  in  the  hope  that  his  efforts  might  contribute 
to  an  increased  acquaintanceship  with  the  families,  the 
character,  and  the  influence  of  the  past  generations,  he  was 
suddenly  called  from  all  earthly  cares  and  efforts,  leaving 
the  work  he  had  in  hand  to  be  completed  and  disposed  of 
by  others. 

The  work  is  rather  a  record  than  a  history ;  a  record  of 
families,  and  noteworthy  events,  which  we  doubt  not  will 
interest  and  instruct  the  people  of  Canton,  and  such,  at  least, 
in  other  parts  of  the  land  and  world  as  look  back  to  this 
town  as  the  place  of  their  nativity  and  of  very  many  of 
their  most  hallowed  memories.  J.  B. 

CANTON,  May,  1856. 


LIEUT.  DAVID  ADAMS.  He  removed  from  the  old 
parish  to  West  Simsbury  about  the  year  1743.  He  resided 
in  the  second  house  north  of  the  north  burying  ground,  the 
west  side  of  the  highway.  The  house  is  now  demolished 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

David  Adams,  1716,  1801,  85. 

Mind-well  Case,  1718,  1813,  95.    Daughter  of  Daniel  Case. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

David,  1740,  1834,  94.  Married  Hannah  Edgerton. 

Mary,  1742,  1791,  49.  Married  Noah  Case,  2d. 

Abel,  1746,  1776,  30.  Married  Anna  Roberts. 

Ezra,  1751.  1837,  86.  Married  Hannah  Wilcox. 

George.  Married  Sabra  Miller. 

Sarah,  1755,  1834,  79.  Married  Darius  Moses. 

Lydia,  1757,  1793,  36.  Married  Prince  Taylor. 

Mercy,  1760,  1787,  27.  Died  single. 

Chloe,  1761,  1828,  67.  Married  Gad  Bliss. 

Two  children  died  in  infancy.  Average  age  64  years  7 

This  family  was  composed  of  eleven  children ;  nine  lived 
to  adult  years,  and  two  died  in  infancy. 

DAVID  ADAMS,  JR.,  son  of  Lieut.  David  Adams,  was 
the  owner  and  resided  on  the  premises  now  owned  by  Oli- 
ver C.  and  Geo.  W.  Adams.  He  married  Miss  Hannah 
Edgerton ;  they  left  no  children. 


Parents.  Born.  Died.   Age. 

David  Adams,  1740,  1834,  94. 

Hannah  Edgerton,        1743,  1828,  85. 

ABEL  ADAMS.  He  was  the  second  son  of  Lieut. 
David  Adams ;  he  resided  on  the  farm  now  known  by  the 
name  of  the  Minor  place,  being  the  east  part  of  the  farm  of 
Israel  W.  Graham,  Esq. 

He  married  Anna  daughter  of  William  and  Hannah  Rob- 
erts.   He,  with  two  of  his  children,  died  in  September,  1776, 
of  the  fatal  epidemic  which  then  prevailed  in  the  army  and  in 
the  country.  His  widow  afterward  married  Daniel  Graham- 
Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 
Abel  Adams,  1746,  1776,  30. 
Anna  Roberts,               1748,  1821,  73. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

William,  1765.  Married  Misfe  Hayes. 

Martin,  1769.  Married  Ruth  Hart  from  R.  I. 

Samantha,  1774,  1776,  2. 

Roswell,  1776,  1776. 

EZRA  ADAMS,  ESQ.,  was  the  third  son  of  Lieut.  David 
Adams.  He  married  Hannah,  daughter  of  Col.  Amos  Wil- 
cox. He  resided  the  fore  part  of  his  family  state,  west  of 
the  brook  and  meadow,  on  the  premises  now  owned  by 
Averett  Wilcox,  Esq.  He  afterward  built  the  house  now 
occupied  by  Averett  Wilcox,  Esq. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Ezra  Adams,  1751,  1837,  86. 

1st  wife,  Hannah  Wil- 
cox, 1755,  1801,  46. 

2nd  wife,  Hannah  Sey- 
mour, 1766,  1824,  58. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Mindwell,  (idiot,)  1773,  1777,    4. 

Ezra,  Jun.  1775,1836,61.    Married  Abigail  Hurlbut . 

Abel,  (idiot,)  1777,  1786,    9. 

Hannah,  (idiot,1)  1780,  1791,  11. 

Tracy,  (idiot.)  1788,  1800,  12. 

Laura,  1790,  Married  Deems  Humphrey. 

Infant,  1793,  1793. 

David,  1798.  Died  in  Clarksville,  Tennessee. 

In  this  family  of  eight  children  but  two  were  married;  four 
of  them  although  born  with  usual  capacities,  soon  sunk  into 
and  died  in  a  state  of  idiocy,  which  was  a  great  trial  to 
their  parents. 

HEZEKIAH  ADAMS,  son  of  Thomas  Adams.  He 
removed  from  the  east  part  of  Simsbury  about  the  year  1749, 
and  resided  on  the  farm  and  site  now  owned  and  occupied 
by  Albert  F.  Bidwell.  His  first  wife  was  Lydia  Phelps,  by 
whom  he  had  six  children. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Hezekiah  Adams,          1727,  1784,  57. 

1st  wife,  Lydia  Phelps,  1725,  1760,  35.    Daughter  of  Abraham  Phelps. 

2nd  wife,Sarah  Phelps, 1738.  Daughter  of  Thomas  Phelps. 

Children  by  his  1st  wife.    Born.  Died.  Age. 

Lydia,  1751,  1773,  21. 

Dorcas,  1753,  1794,  41.    Married  Aaron  Richards. 

Lucina.  Married  Jesse  Steele. 

3  children  died  in  infancy. 

Children  by  his  2nd  wife.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Hezekiah,  .1763.  1793,  29.  An  idiot. 

Sarah,  1767,  1776,     9. 

Roger,  1770,  1838,  68.  Married  Ruth  Hays. 

Charles,  1772,  1801,  29.  Married  Chloe  Johnson. 


1776,  1800,  24.    Died  single. 

1783,  1784. 

Of  this  family  seven  lived  to  adult  years  ;  four  died  in  in- 
fancy, and  one  aged  nine  years. 

Boger,  who  was  a  clergyman,  was  a  man  of  more  than  com- 
mon ability;  he  had  two  sons,  twin  brothers,  burn  1796,  who 
entered  the  ministry ;  their  names  were  Erastus  Homer,  min- 
ister of ,  and  James  Watson,  D.  D.,  minister 

of  Syracuse. 

NATHANIEL  ALFOKD.  He  removed  from  the  old 
parish  to  West  Simsbury  about  the  year  1739.  He  resided 
on  what  is  now  called  the  missionary  lot  on  the  east  hill. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Nathaniel  Alford,         1698. 
Experience  Holcorub.    1707. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Hannah,  1727,  1811,  84.  Married  Isaac  Messenger. 

Isabel,  1733,  1818,  85.  Married  John  Hill. 

Susan,  1735,  Married  Joseph  Tiff. 

Nathaniel,  Jan.,  1737,  1818,  81.  Married  Abigail  Hill. 

1739.  Smith,  known  as  Noggy  Smith. 

Lugia,  1799.  Married  Soloman  Thomas. 

Rhoda,  Married  Philip  Jarvis. 

One  daughter  married  a  Bettes  and  afterward  a  Heacox, 
but  the  particulars  are  not  known.  All  the  children  married 
and  had  children. 

NATHANIEL  ALFOBD,  JUN.,  or  2d,  was  a  son  of 
Nathaniel  Alford,  Sen.  He  married  Abigail,  daughter  of 
John  Hill,  Sen.,  in  1760.  He  resided  on  the  premises  now 
owned  by  Luther  Higley,  Esq.,  and  now  occupied  by  Norton 



Nathan  Ali'ord, 
Abigail  Hill, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1737?  1818,  81. 
1737,  1818,  81. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Eber,  1760,  1844,  84.    Married,   1st,   Esther  Hum- 

phrey; 3d,  Faithe  Spencer. 
Nathaniel  Jun.  or  3d,   1763,  1823,  60. 
Marbill,  Died  single. 

Charlotte,  1776,  1850,  74.    Married  1st,   Abraham    Moses, 

Jun.;    2d,    Rufus    Garret; 
3d,  Amasa  Mills. 

Arba,  Eunice  Case. 

Lora.  Removed  to  state  of  Maine. 

Eliphalet,  1777.  Married  a  daughter  of  Joseph 


JOSEPH  BACON,  son  of  Maskel  Bacon,  Sen.,  with 
his  wife,  settled  in  family  state  about  the  year  1772.  He 
resided  on  land  which  now  forms  the  north  part  of  the  farm 
of  Loin  H.  Humphrey;  it  is  now  known  by  the  name  of  the 
Bacon  place.  In  1806  he  removed  to  the  region  of  Onon- 
daga,  State  of  New  York. 

Parents . 
Joseph  Bacon, 
Mary  Edgerton, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1751,  1833,  82. 
1753,  1849,  86. 




Joseph,  Jun., 


A  son, 





Born.  Died.  Age. 




Married  Penlope  Garrett. 

Married  Azariah  Barber. 


Married  Benoni  Jones. 

Married  Sarah  Kenyon. 

Married  Samuel  Goddard. 

Married  Philv  Norton. 

One  child  died  in  1780.     One  child  died  in  1793. 


JAMES  BEACH  was  a  resident  of  Canton.  He  com- 
menced family  state  about  1776.  He  was  by  trade  a  black- 
smith. He  lived  on  the  farm  now  owned  by  Asa  Brown. 
He  removed  to  Sandisfield  about  1795.  He  had  two  sons  ; 
the  oldest  born  as  early  as  1776;  nothing  further  is  known 
respecting  this  family. 

OLIVEE  BKONSON,  a  native  of  Guilford,  Conn., 
was  employed  by  the  people  of  Simsbury,  about  1773,  to 
teach  vocal  music,  in  the  society.  This  occurrence  led  to 
his  acquaintance  with  Miss  Sarah  Merrell,  daughter  of 
William  Merrell,  Sen.,  which  finally  resulted  in  their  being 
united  in  marriage.  He  then  became  a  resident  of  West 
Simsbury,  and  with  his  partner  and  family  resided  on  land 
now  owned  by  Harvey  Mills.  The  house  was  situated  be- 
tween the  house  of  Harvey  Mills,  and  Ozias  Pike.  All  their 
children,  save  the  youngest,  were  born  in  this  town.  He 
became  quite  celebrated  as  a  teacher  of  vocal  music,  and 
was  employed  in  several  of  the  most  popular  churches  in 
Connecticut,  in  addition  to  his  own  adopted  society.  He 
removed  to  Old  Simsbury  in  1786,  and  there  resided  till 
about  1802 ;  then  removed  to  Cazenova,  New  York. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Oliver  Bronson. 

Sarah  Merrell,  1752. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Willys,  1774. 

Simeon,  1776.  Married  Cyntha  Gleason. 

Oliver,  1779. 

Manna,  1782. 

Sarah,  1785.  Married    Taylor,    father    of 

Green  Taylor. 

Green,  C.  Born   in    Simsbury  ;    became 

chief  judge  of  the  supreme 
court  of  the  State  of  New 
York;  also  attorney  gen- 


THOMAS  BID  WELL,  SEN.  He  with  his  wife,  whose 
name  was  Ruhamah  Pinney,  came  from  Windsor  about  the 
year  1740.  He  settled  on  the  premises  that  fell  to  his  son 
Thomas,  and  said  premises  have  remained  in  the  possession 
of  the  Bidwell  family  to  the  present  time. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Thomas  Bidwell,  Sen.,  1701,  1746,  45.  Was  buried  in  New  Hartford, 

on  Town  Hill. 

Ruhamah  Pinney,  1776.  The  widow  married  Ephraim 


Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Abigail,  1734,  1810,  76.    Married  Thomas  Cone. 

Ruhamah,  1814,  71.    Married  James  Cornish. 

Thomas,  Jun.,  1738,  1802,  64.    Married    Esther   Orton;    she 

died  1823,  aged  87. 
Prudence.  Married  Aaron  Piuney. 

EPHEAIM  WILCOX.  After  the  death  of  Thomas 
Bidwell,  Sen.,  Ephraim  Wilcox,  married  his  widow ;  they 
had  five  children. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 





Chloe.  Married  Elijah  Humphrey. 

DEAC.  THOMAS  BIDWELL.  He  with  his  wife  settled 
in  the  east  part  of  New  Hartford,  (now  Canton,)  on  land 
left  him  by  his  father. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Thomas  Bidwell,          1738,  1802,  64. 
Esther  Orton,  1737,  1823,  87. 


Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Jehiel,  1660,  1777,  16.    Was   taken    prisoner     at    Fort 

Washington,  November 
1776,  and  died  from  harsh 
treatment,  Jan.,  1777. 

Riverius,  1762,  1822,  59.    Married  Phebe    Roberts;    died 

1837,  aged  76. 

Thomas,  Jun.,  1764,  1848,  83.     Married  Lavinia  Humphrey. 

Norman,  1768,  1849,  78.    Married  Falla  Hills. 

Lois,  1773,  1828,  55.    Married  Dr.  Abiram  Peet. 

Jasper,  1775,  1848,  73.     Married  Lucy  Richards. 


PETER  BROWN,  one  of  that  memorable  little  band  who 
landed  at  Plymouth,  Mass.,  Dec.  22d,  1620,  appears  by  tradi- 
tional accounts,  in  connection  with  many  historical  facts 
and  other  sketches  of  record,  with  other  corroborating  cir- 
cumstances, to  be  the  progenitor  of  the  Windsor  Browns. 
He  came  to  America  single;  was  by  trade  a  carpenter  ;  he 
died  1633.  Peter  Brown,  2d,  was  born  1632  ;  he  married 
Mary  Gillett,  1658;  his  monument  in  Windsor  burying-ground 
tells  us  that  he  died  Oct.,  1692,  aged  60  years.  He  had  four 
sons,  Peter,  John,  Jonathan,  and  Cornelius.  They  all  had 
numerous  families.  In  1694  they  exchanged  lands  that  were 
their  fathers  with  the  selectmen  of  the  town  of  Windsor. 
John,  1st,  the  2d  son,  was  married  to  Miss  Elizabeth  Loomis, 
1692 ;  she  died  1723.  They  had  three  sons  and  eight 
daughters.  The  names  of  the  sons  were  John,  2d,  Isaac,  and 
Daniel.  John,  2d,  the  eldest  son  and  the  fifth  of  the  family 
was  born  March,  1700 ;  married  Miss  Mary  Eggleston, 
March,  1725.  He  died  1790,  aged  90  years.  His  wife  died 
1789,  aged  87.  They  had  two  sons  and  seven  daughters. 
Mary,  the  oldest  of  the  family,  remained  single  through 
life  and  died  aged  100  years. 


Margery  married  David  Filley;  she  died  1775,  aged  about 
45;  she  left  no  children  alive.  The  other  daughters  all  died 
in  childhood  and  youth,  most  of  them  with  the  canker  rash; 
their  deaths  were  in  quick  succession.  The  names  of  the 
two  sons  were  John,  3d,  and  Ezra.  John,  3d,  the  oldest  of 
them,  was  born  November  4th,  1728;  married  Miss  Hannah 
Owen,  1758.  She  was  the  daughter  of  Elijah  and  Hannah 
Owen.  Her  grandfather,  Isaac  Owen,  was  one  of  the  first 
settlers  in  Turkey  Hills ;  her  mother  was  daughter  of 
Brewster  Higley.  Elijah  Owen  died  September,  1741,  aged 
35;  his  relict  died  1806,  aged  90.  After  the  death  of  Mr. 
Owen,  she  married  Pelatiah  Mills,  and  was  the  mother  of  a 
numerous  Mills  family.  The  names  of  the  Owen  children 
were  Rebecca.  Elijah  and  Hannah  ;  names  of  the  Mills  chil- 
dren were  Pelatiah,  Samuel,  Roger,  Patty,  Eli,  Frederick,' 
Susannah  and  Elihu.  John  Brown,  3d,  was  chosen  Captain 
of  the  train-band,  in  West  Simsbury  in  the  spring  of  1776. 
His  commission  from  Governor  Trumbull,  bears  date  May 
23d,  1776.  A  regimental  order  from  Col.  Jonathan  Petti- 
bone  to  Capt.  John  Brown,  bears  date  June  llth,  1776, 
and  reads  as  follows  : 

To  John  Brown,    Captain  of  the  8th    Cotnpany   in  the   18 
•Regiment  of  the  Militia  in  the  Colony  of  Connecticut. 

WHEREAS  the  General  Assembly  have  Enacted,  that  One 
third  Part  of  the  2d,  3d,  4th,  7th,  8th,  9th,  and  20th  Regi- 
ments, and  One  quarter  part  of  the  other  Regiments  of  the 
Militia,  or  a  Number  equivalent  thereto,  be  forthwith  inlisted 
or  detached,  from  the  Limits  of  the  several  Regiments  in 
this  Colony,  to  be  held  in  Readiness,  for  the  Defence  of 
this  or  any  of  the  adjoining  Colonies;  and  the  Colonels  or 
chief  Officers  of  the  respective  Regiments,  are  to  issue  the 
necessary  Orders  therefor. 

These  are  therefore  to  command  you,  forthwith  to  con- 
vene your  Company,  and  also  give  Notice  to,  and  request 
the  Attendance,  at  the  same  Time  and  Place  of  all  others, 
within  the  Limits  thereof,  who  are  obliged  to  keep  Arms, 
and  are  between  Sixteen  and  Fifty-Five  Years  of  Age,  and 


being  so  convened,  to  inlist  out  of  any  of  them  (or  other- 
wise as  soon  as  may  be)  the  Number  aforesaid,  and  if  a 
sufficient  number  shall  not  voluntarily  inlist,  you  are  hereby 
farther  commanded,  with  the  Advice  and  Assistance  of 
the  other  Commission  Officers,  to  detatch  and  impress,  out 
of  your  said  Company,  such  Number  of  able  bodied  Men, 
as  shall  appear  to  be  wanting,  of  the  enlisted  Men,  to  make 
up  the  Complement  aforesaid;  and  mate  Return  of  your 
Doings  in  the  Premises,  to  me  within  Six  days  after  said 
Men  shall  be  inlisted,  or  detached,  taking  Care  to  return 
the  Names  of  the  Men  enlisted,  and  the  Names  of  those 
detached,  distinguishing  between  those  of  the  Militia  and 
those  who  are  not. 

Given  under  my  Hand,  in  Simsbury  the  llth  Day  of 
June,  Anno  Domini,  1776. 

JON.  PETTIBONE,  Colonel. 

Form  of  Inlistment,  viz., 

WE  the  Subscribers,  of  Simsbury,  in  the  County  of  Hart- 
ford, each  for  himself  do  hereby  acknowledge  to  have  volun- 
tarily inlisted  to  serve  as  Minute-Men  for  the  Defence  of 
this  and  adjoining  Colonies,  and  engage  to  hold  ourselves 
in  constant  readiness,  agreeable  to  the  Tenor  and  Regula- 
tions of  an  Act  passed  by  the  General  Assembly  of  this 
Colony  in  May,  1776,  entitled  "An  Act  for  Raising  and 
Equipping  a  Body  of  Minute-Men,  to  be  held  in  Readiness 
for  the  better  Defence  of  this  Colony;"  and  under  the  Com- 
mand of  such  Officers  as  shall  be  appointed  agreeable  to  the 
Direction  of  said  Act.  As  Witness  our  Hands. 

The  company  was  soon  raised  and  with  it,  Captain  Brown 
marched  and  joined  the  army  at  New  York,  where,  after 
about  two  months  service  he  was  taken  sick  with  the  dysen- 
tary  and  died  September  3d,  1776,  leaving  a  wife  and  eleven 
children,  the  eldest  being  but  eighteen  years  of  age,  and  the 
oldest  son  but  nine. 


CAPT.  JOHN  BKOWN.  He  came  from  Wintonbury, 
(now  Bloomfield,)  with  his  wife  who  was  Hannah  Owen,  a 
descendant  from  the  first  John  Owen,  of  Windsor.  He  set- 
tled in  West  Simsbury  in  the  year  1755,  on  the  ^remises 
now  occupied  by  his  son,  Abiel  Brown,  in  the  Center  school 

Parents.  Born.  Died    Age. 

John  Brown,  1728,  1776,  48.    Died  in  the  army  at  N.  York. 

Hannah  Owen,  1740,  1831,  91. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Hannah,  1758,  1825,  66.    3d  wife  of  Solomon  Humphrey. 

Azubah,  1760,  1812,  52.    Married  Michael  Barber. 

Esther,  1762,  1838,  76.    Married  Timothy  Case. 

Margery,  1764,  1820,  56,    2d  wife  of  David  Giddings. 

2d  wife  of  Prince  Taylor, 

Lucinda,  1765,  1814,  49.     2d  wife  of  Russel  Borden. 

John,  4th,  1767,  1849,  82.     1st  wife,  Millieent  Gaylord  ; 

2d,  widow  Abi  Case. 
Frederick,  1769,  1848,  78.     1st  wife,   Catharine  Case;  2d, 

Chloe  S.  Pettibone. 
Owen,  1771.  1856,  85.     1st  wife  Ruth  Mills;  2d  Sarah 

Root;  3d,  Abi  Hinsdale. 

Thede,  1773,  1846,  74.    2d  wife  of  William  Merrells. 

Roxy,  R.,  1775,  1855,  80.    Married  Alexander  Humphrey. 

Abiel,  1776,1856,79.    Born  farther  west;  married  Anna 

Lord,  of  Lyme. 

The  average  age  of  this  family  of  children,  is  about  seventy 
years,  and  six  months. 

ABIEL  BROWN,  ESQ.,  the  compiler  of  this  work,  died 
of  typhus  fever,  March  15th,  1856,  aged  79  years,  4  months. 
He  lived  and  died  in  the  same  house  where  he  was  born. 


Abiel  Brown, 
Anna  Lord, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1776,  1856,  79. 


Still  living,  1856. 


Children-  Born.  Died.  Age. 

William  Ely,  1807.  Married  Nancy  Barber. 

An  infant,  1810,  1810 

John,  5th,  1811.  Married  1st,   Fanny  Case;    2d, 

Laura  Case. 

Selden  Holmes,  1813.  Married  Phebe  Hodge. 

Elizur  Owen,  1816.  Married    1st,  Mariah    Clinton ; 

2d,  Mary  Ann  Loomis. 
Eliza  Ann,  1822,  1845,  23. 

DR.  SAMUEL  BAEBEE,  the  subject  of  these  historical 
sketches,  had  the  reputation  of  a  good  citizen,  although 
somewhat  eccentric  in  his  habits  and  not  unfrequently  im- 
pulsive in  his  actions,  He  doted  much  in  his  skill  in  roots 
and  herbs;  was  famous  as  a  hunter,  the  woods  at  that  time 
affording  an  abundance  of  game.  In  one  of  his  hunting 
excursions  in  Norfolk,  accompanied  by  some  of  his  sons 
they  chased  a  large  panther  into  his  den,  and  how  to  dislodge 
him  from  his  hiding  place  was  the  first  question  to  be 
solved.  The  old  gentleman,  nothing  daunted,  Putnam  like, 
descended  into  the  cavern  ;  after  grouping  his  way  some 
distance  the  panther  not  relishing  this  intrusion  upon  his 
retreat  suddenly  turned  and  made  for  the  entrance  of  his 
den  which  he  accomplished  by  closely  squeezing  by  his 
bold  intruder.  The  panther,  on  his  arrival  at  the  mouth  of 
the  den,  seeing  the  party  without  prepared  to  give  him  bat- 
tle, stood  motionless,  when  one  of  the  sons  discharged  a 
ball  through  his  body  and  intestines  which  produced  no 
emotion,  the  animal  sullenly  retaining  his  position.  This 
act  of  the  son  called  forth  a  sharp  reprimand  from  his  father, 
for  his  not  taking  a  more  effective  aim,  and  calling  for  his 
gun  the  old  gentleman  discharged  a  ball  through  the  head 
of  the  animal  which  put  an  end  to  his  existence.  This 
exploit  may  justly  be  put  on  a  parallel  with  the  famous 
story  of  "  Putnam  and  the  Wolf." 

The  family  of  Barbers  were  among  the  earliest  and  most 
conspicuous  of  West  Simsbury  and  a  more  extended  notice 
of  them  is  here  given.  The  immediate  ancestor  of  the  f  am- 


ily  of  Barbers  who  settled  in  West  Simsbury  was  Samuel 
Barber  who  died  about  1725.  He  was  a  descendant  of  the 
first  Thomas  Barber,  of  Windsor.  He  married  Mercy  Hoi- 
comb,  granddaughter  of  the  first  Thomas  Holcomb.  This 
Mercy  died  1787,  aged  96.  She  removed  from  the  old  par- 
ish to  West  Simsbury  in  the  year  1738,  with  her  four  sons, 
Samuel,  Thomas,  Jonathan  and  John,  and  her  daughters, 
Mercy,  wife  of  Ephraim  Buel,  and  Sarah,  wife  of  John  Case, 
4th.  Her  sons  settled  on  Cherries  Brook,  on  lands  contig- 
uous to  each  other,  comprising  the  meadows  and  best  lands 
in  the  center  school  district  in  Canton.  The  family  were 
noted  for  their  habits  of  immigration  and  are  to  be  found 
in  various  states  of  the  Union ;  few  of  the  descendants  (al- 
though numerous)  are  to  be  met  with  in  the  town  of  Canton. 

DR.  SAMUEL  BARBER.  He  settled  on  the  farm  now 
owned  by  Norton  Case.  He  married  for  his  first  wife 
Tryphene  Humphrey,  daughter  of  Samuel  Humphrey,  by 
whom  he  had  seven  sons.  Her  monument  is  the  oldest  in 
the  town  of  Canton.  His  second  wife  was  Hannah,  daughter 
of  Capt.  Noah  Humphrey,  who  commanded  a  company  at 
the  capture  of  Havanna,  in  1762.  By  this  marriage  he  had 
seven  children,  four  sons  and  three  daughters. 


Samuel  Barber, 
1st  wife,  Tryphene 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1714,  1797,  83. 

1732,  1752,  30.  Daughter  of  Samuel  Humph- 
rey ;  the  first  person  interred 
in  the  south  burying  ground. 
Her  monument  is  the  oldest  in 
town,  bearing  date,  1752. 

2d  wife,  Hannah  Hum- 


1726,  1819,  93.  Daughter  of  Capt.  Noah  Hum- 
phrey, who  commanded  a  com- 
pany that  went  to  Havanna 
in  1762. 


Children  by  1st  wife.    Born.  Died.  Age. 








1740,  1780,  40. 

1742,  1817,  75. 

1744,  1807,  63. 


1748,  1820,  72. 



Married  Keturah  Riley. 
Married  Leah  G rover. 
Married  Deborah  Adams. 
Married  Sarah  Pettibone. 

1750,  1806,  56.    Married  Elizabeth  Goddard. 
1752,  1776,  24.    Died  single  in  the  army. 

Married  Nathaniel  Johnson. 
Married  Mary  Phelps. 
Married  Aaron  Rawls. 
Married  John  George  Bandell. 
Married  Mary  Collar. 
Married  Hepzibah  Humphrey. 
Married  Mary  Garret ;  still  liv- 
ing, 1856. 

The  2d  wife  Hannah,  died  in  Canton  at  the  house  of  her 
son  Giles  Barber. 

This  family  of  children,  all  lived  to  adult  years  and  all 
had  children  excepting  Timothy  and  Daniel. 

Children  by  3d  wife. 

Born,  Died,  Age. 








1761,  1829,  68. 


1763,  1851,  88. 


1766,  1813,  47. 


1769,  1826,  57. 

ELIJAH  BAKBER,  fifth  son  of  Samuel  and  Tryphene 
Barber,  married  Sarah,  daughter  of  Abel  Pettibone  about 
1774.  He  resided  on  the  premises  now  owned  by  his  son 
Daniel  Barber,  near  the  center  school-house. 


Elijah  Barber, 
Sarah  Pettibone, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1748,  1820,  73. 
1755,  1842,  88. 



Born.  Died.  Age. 

1774,  1777,     3. 

1777.  Married  William  Barber. 

1780.  Married  Ruluff  Barber. 

1782,  1796,  14.    Died  single. 


Elijah,  1785,  1786. 

Elijah,  Jun.,  1787,  1804,  17. 

Daniel,  1789.  Married  Anna  Betts. 

An  infant,  1792,  1792. 

Joseph,  1794,  1804,  10. 

JOEL  BARBEE,  first  son  of  Samuel  and  Hannah  Bar- 
ber, married  Mary  Phelps.  He  erected  a  house  at  the  foot 
of  the  west  mountain,  on  land  now  belonging  to  Wm.  H. 
Hallock,  Esq.  He  resided  there,  until  the  death  of  his  wife 
in  1784,  when  his  family  were  partially  separated  for  years. 
About  the  year  1792,  he  removed  to  the  north-western  part 
of  Vermont. 

It  is  understood  that  some  time  previous  to  1812,  he  re- 
moved into  Canada.  The  time  of  his  death  is  not  definitely 
known.  The  family  all  left  Connectict  in  the  year  1794,  and 
it  is  not  known  who  any  of  them  connected  in  marriage 

Parents.  Born.  Died-  Age. 

Joel  Barber,  1757. 

Mary  Phelps,  1755,  1784.  Daughter    of   Thomas    Phelps, 


Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Joel,  2d.,  1776.  Was  a  self  made,  useful  and 

highly-honored  citizen,  a 
judge  of  the  court,  and 
sustaining  other  important 
and  responsible  public  sta- 

Allen,  1778.  Was  a  respectable  physician; 

was,  with  others,  drowned 
while  attempting  to  cross 
the  river  St.  Lawrence  at 
or  near  Montreal,  1806. 

Lois,  1780. 

dementia,  1783.  Was  brought  up  in  the  family 

of  Dea.  Andrew  Mills. 


SERG.  THOMAS  BAEBEE.  He  with  his  widowed 
mother,  Mercy  Barber,  and  his  brothers  Samuel,  Jonathan 
and  John,  removed  from  the  old  parish  to  West  Simsbury 
about  the  year  1738.  He  resided  on  the  place  lately  owned 
by  Hosea  Case,  deceased,  and  now  owned  by  Warren  C. 
Humphrey.  He  had  ten  children,  five  sons  and  five  daught- 
ers, who  all  lived  to  marry  and  have  children,  except 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Thomas  Barber,  1716,  1792,  76. 

Elizabeth  Adams.         1716,  1899,  94.     Daughter  of  Samuel  Adams. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Jacob,  1738,  1817,  79.  Married  Patience  Lawrence. 

Elizabeth,  1740,  1825,  85.  Married  Samuel  Leet. 

Lucy,  1742,  1884,  92.  Married  Moses  Gains. 

Abraham,  1744.  1835,  91.  Married  Sarah  Wood. 

Mercy,  1747,  1787,  40.  Married  Ebenezer  Cowles. 

Azariah,  1750,  1817,  67.  Married    Elizabeth     Hum- 

Tryphene,  1752,  1824,  72.  Married  1st,  Meekham  McFar- 

land ;  2d,  Castle. 

Michael,  1754,  1836,  82.  Married  Azubah  Brown. 

Job,  1756,1848,92.  Married  Lola  Mills. 

Abigail,  1758,  1813,  55.  Married  Peletiah  Richards. 

This  family  lived  to  a  great  age,  the  average  at  the  time 
of  their  deaths  being  seventy-six  years  eight  months. 

Mr.  Thomas  Barber,  was  eminently  known  as  a  peace- 
maker in  community,  a  constant  attendant  on  public  wor- 
ship, and  in  early  life  was  much  attached  to  hunting  and 

JACOB  BAEBEE,  with  his  wife,  settled  in  family  state 
about  the  year  1764.  He  was  the  first  son  of  Serg.  Thomas 
Barber,  and  his  wife  daughter  of  Samuel  Lawrence. 

He  resided  on  the  north  part  of  the  farm  now  owned  and 
occupied  by  Franklin  Case  ;  his  house  was  on  the  west  side 
of  the  highway,  opposite  the  house  of  James  Humphrey. 


In  the  year  1788  he  removed  to  Barkhamsted,  in  the  neigh- 
hood  called  Ratlum ;  from  this  place  he  removed  to  the 
region  of  Cazanova,  State  of  New  York,  in  1815. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Jacob  Barber  1738,  1817,  79. 

Patience  Lawrence,       1746,  1809,  63. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Zimri,  1764.  Married  Thanks  Wilcox. 

James,  1767.  Married  Levina  Humphrey. 

Patience  Satitha,  1769.  Married  Roger  Moses. 

Ezekiel,  1772,  1772. 

Thomas,  1773.  Married  Percy  Merrell. 

Peter,  1774.  Married  Hannah  Taylor. 

Susannah,  1777.  Married  Benjamin  Hosford. 

Candace,  1779.  Married  Naaman  Phelps. 

Dan,  1782.  Married  Sally  Bishop. 

Deliverance,  1784.  Married  Darius  Case. 

Mercy,  1787.  Married Johnson. 

An  infant,  1790. 

ABRAHAM  BARBER,  the  second  son  of  Serg.  Thomas 
Barber,  married  about  1764.  He  was  for  a  number  of  years 
a  resident  on  the  farm  afterward  owned  by  Michael  Barber, 
and  now  owned  by  Martin  Barber,  son  of  Michael  Barber. 
He  about  1779,  removed  to  the  place  lately  owned  by  Wil- 
liam and  his  son  Chester  Barber.  From  the  latter  place  he, 
in  the  year  1786,  removed  into  the  town  of  Barkhamsted ; 
from  there  he  in  the  year  1794,  removed  out  of  the  state. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Abraham  Barber,         1744,  1836,  92. 
Sarah  Wood. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Abraham,  Jun.,  1767.  Married  Hannah  Higley. 

Luman,  1770,  1796,  26.     Married  Mehitable  Lilley. 

Job,  1775. 

Joseph,  1777. 

Two  daughters.  Births  not  known. 

MICHAEL  BARBER,  4th  son  of  Serg.  Thomas  Bar- 
ber, married  Azubah  Brown.  He  resided  on  the  farm  pre- 
viously owned  by  his  brother  Abraham. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Michael  Barber,  1754,  1836,  82. 

Azubah  Brown,  1760,  1812,  52. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Sophia,  1779. 

Michael,  Jun..  1780,  1810,  30.     Married  Anna  Taylor,  she  died 

Levi,  1782,  1852,  70.    Married  Ruth  Taylor;  she  died 


Azubah,  1785.  2d  wife  of  Stephen  H.  Atwater 

Lyman,  1790.  Married  Huldah  Sanford. 

Martin,  1794.  Married  Anna  Church;  died 


Salmon,  1800.  Married  1st,  Betsy  Wilcox ; 

2d,  Ann  Richardson. 

AZARIAH  BAEBEE,  third  son  of  Serg.  Thomas  Barber. 
He  commenced  family  state  in  1798,  on  the  farm  left  by  his 
father.  He  afterward  removed  on  to  the  farm  now  owned 
by  Alvin  Bacon. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Azariah  Barber,  1750,  1817,  67. 

Elizabeth  Humphrey,  1753,  1826,  73.    Daughter    of    Noah     Hum- 
phrey, 2d. 


Azariah,  Jun., 


An  infant, 






Born.  Died.  Age. 

1776,  1855,  79. 



1782,  1796,  14. 


1788,  1845,  57. 

1791,  1854,  63. 


Married  Anna  Bacon. 
Married  Sarah  Barber. 

Married  Treat  Lambert . 
Married  Eliza  Drake. 
Married  Aza  Moses. 


JONATHAN  BAEBEE.  He  with  his  wife  came  from 
the  old  parish  of  West  Simsbury  with  his  brothers  Samuel, 
Thomas  and  John.  He  settled  and  built  on  the  place  a  few 
rods  south  of  the  dwelling-house  of  the  late  Jesse  L.  Barber 
deceased.  He  lost  his  life  at  the  seige  and  capture  of 
Louisburg,  in  1745. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age 

Johnathan  Barber,        1717,  1745,  28. 
Jemima  Cornish,  1791. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Jonathan,  1718,  1762,  19.  Died  in  the  expedition  against 

Havana ;  single. 

Jemima,  1741.  Married  Joseph  Messenger. 

Mary,  1742. 

Bildad,  1745,  1816,  71.  Born  fatherless ;  married  Lois 

Humphrey,  and  removed  to 
the  State  of  New  York. 

His  descendants  have  become  extinct  in  the  town  of  Can- 
ton. His  widow  after  his  death  married  Jacob  Pettibone. 
The  Pettibone  children  were  Jacob,  David,  Martha,  and 
Susannah,  wife  of  Isaac  Ensign. 

BILDAD  BAEBEE,  son  of  Jonathan  and  Jemima  Bar- 
ber, married  Lois,  daughter  of  Oliver  Humphrey,  Esq.  He 
commenced  his  family  state  about  1768,  on  the  farm  left  by 
his  father,  Jonathan  Barber.  The  premises  are  now  owned 
by  Franklin  Case,  the  heirs  of  Jesse  L.  Barber,  and  the  heirs 
of  the  late  Gardner  Mills.  His  first  dwelling-house  stood  a 
few  rods  south  of  the  dwelling  of  widow  Phebe  Barber. 
He  with  most  of  his  family  removed  to  the  region  of  Onon- 
daga,  State  of  New  York.  A.  D.,  1804,  where  he  and  his, 
spent  the  remainder  of  their  days. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Bildad  Barber,  1745,1816,71. 

Lois  Humphrey,  1746,  1810,  64. 









Two  twins, 




Born.  Died.  Age. 


1832,  59. 

Married  Alice  Beebe,  of  Nauga- 


Married  Amelia  Humphrey. 
Married  Azubah  Willey. 

Married Norton. 

Married  Annah  Steele. 
Married  Annis  Barber. 

Both  died. 

Humphrey,  the  third  son,  was  a  large  man,  standing  six 
feet  seven  inches  high.  The  family  are  now  extinct  in  Can- 

JOHN  BARBER.  SEN.,  a  younger  brother  of  Samuel, 
Thomas  and  Jonathan,  came  from  the  old  parish  about  the 
year  1740.  He  settled  on  the  land  now  owned  by  Lucius 
Foot  and  others.  He  built  the  house  that  is  now  standing, 
1856.  He  had  five  sons  and  three  daughters ;  six  of  them 
grew  up  and  settled  in  family  state  and  left  children. 


John  Barber, 
Lydia  Reed, 

Born.  Died.  Age, 

1719,  1799,  80. 
1725,  1806,  81. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 


John,  Jun., 








1783,  36. 
1825,  76. 
1825,  74. 
1761,  7. 
1761,  5. 
1835,  75. 
1817,  54. 
1817,  52. 

Married  Samuel  Olcott. 
Married  Betsey  Case. 
Married  Elizabeth  Case. 

Died  by  the  kick  of  a  horse. 
Married  Lydia  Case. 
Married  Abi  Merrell. 
Married  Chloe  Case. 

The  above  Reuben  was  the  first  person  interred  in  the 
Center  burying-ground. 


JONATHAN  BABBEE,  son  of  John  Barber,  Sen.,  with 
his  wife  Abi,  daughter  of  Jonathan  Merrell,  2d,  lived  and 
died  on  the  place  left  by  his  father,  situated  in  the  Center 
school  district. 


Jonathan  Barber, 
Abi  Merrell, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1763,  1817,  54.    Married.  1786. 
1769,  1848,  79. 













Jonathan  Sherman, 


Born.  Died.  Age. 


1791,  1796,     5. 


1794,  1808,  14. 

1796,  1815,  19. 






1812,  1847,  35. 


1st  wife,  Thirza  Hay  den;  2d, 
Mehitable  Cressy;  3d,  Olive 

Married  Miles  Foot. 

Married  Naomi  Humphrey. 

Married  Uriah  Hosford. 
Married  Isaac  Barnes. 
Married  Imri  L.  Spencer. 
Married  Henry  A.  Adams. 
Married  Win.  E.  Brown. 
Married  Statira  Church. 
Married  Lorinda  Case. 

JOHN  BAEBEE,  JUN.,  son  of  John  Barber,  Sen.,  mar- 
ried Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Capt.  Josiah  Case,  A.  D.,  1773. 
He  resided  on  the  farm  previously  owned  by  Moses  Gaines,, 
and  now  owned  by  Henry  Barber. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

John  Barber,  1749,  1825,  76.    Married,  A.  D.  1773. 

Elizabeth  Case,  1752,  1817,  65. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

An  infant,  1774,  1774. 

Elizabeth,  or  Betsey,    1775,  1817,  42.    Roswell  Barber's  1st  wife. 

Rboda,  1777.  Married  Gurdon  Hnrlbut. 


John,  Jun., 




1779,  1840,  61.    Married  Chauncy  Sadd. 


1785,  1786. 



Married  1st,   Delight  G.   Case; 

2d,  Fanny  Hunt. 
Married  1st,  Elisha  Case,  Jun., 

2d,  Dea.  John  Brown. 

Married  Dan  Case,  Jun. 
Married  1st,  Clara  Foote;  2d, 

Lavinia  Hosmer. 
Married  Lucy  Allen. 

EEUBEN  BAEBEE,  son  of  John  Barber,  Sen.,  married 
Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Dea.  Hosea  Case,  A.  D.  1775.  He 
first  resided  on  lands  now  owned  by  Loin  H.  Humphrey, 
until  18 — ,  afterwards  on  the  premises  now  owned  by  his  son, 
Alson  Barber.  He  was  the  first  person  interred  in  the  Cen- 
ter burying-ground. 


Reuben  Barber, 
Elizabeth  Case, 


Reuben,  Jun., 






Born.  Died.  Age, 

1751,  1825,  74.     Married  A.  D.  1775. 
1753,  1839,  86. 

Born.  Died,  Age. 

1776,  1841,  65. 
1778,  1804,  26. 


1785,  1838,  53. 


1790,  1801,  11. 


1794,  1822,  28. 

Married  Lucretia  Sloan. 
Married  Jonathan  Noble. 
Married  Sarah  Cleaveland. 
Married    1st,  Josiah    Harrison; 

2d,  Zimri  Barber,  Jun. 
Married  Uri  Cooke. 
Married  Hannah  Fuller. 
Died  of  a  fractured  head. 
Married  Hannah  Humphrey. 
Married  Harvey  Pike. 

DANIEL  BAEBEE,  son  of  Serg.  Thomas  Barber, 
resided  for  a  while  in  West  Simsbury.  The  time  of  his 
settlement  is  not  known.  He  resided  on  the  place  now 


occupied  by  Amos  L.  Spencer.  He  was  living  in  this  town 
in  1767  ;  he  had  lost  nearly  all  of  his  property,  and  the  place 
was  soon  occupied  by  Caleb  Spencer. 


Daniel  Barber, 
Martha  Phelps, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1732,  1779,  47. 
1739,  1822,  85. 











Born.  Died.  Age. 

1772,  1846,  74. 



Married  Chloe,  widow  of  John 


Married  Jacob  Pettibone,  Jun. 
Married  Asahel  Holcomb,  Jun. 

Married  Betsey  Barber. 

Married  Roena  Humphrey, 
daughter  of  Maj.  Elihu 

Married  George  Fisher. 

Married  Noah  Tyler.  Is  now 
living,  1856,  at  Elgin,  Illi- 

These  children  all  lived  to  adult  years,  and  most  of  them 
to  old  age. 

JOHN  G.  BANDELL.  He  was  one  of  the  fourteen 
thousand  men,  that  the  king  of  England  hired  of  a  prince 
of  Germany,  in  1775,  to  help  subdue  the  rebel  colonies  (as 
was  then  termed)  of  America,  that  were  fighting  for  their 
liberties.  He  came  to  America  in  1776;  was  taken  prisoner 
at  the  capture  of  Gen.  Burgoyne's  army,  in  the  fall  of  1777. 
Whether  he  was  exchanged,  or  liberated  on  parole,  or  in  what 
manner  he  was  released  is  not  known.  He  was  by  trade  a 
tailor,  and  after  leaving  the  army,  worked  both  in  Simsbury 
and  Canton.  In  1779  he  married  Sarah,  daughter  of  Dr. 


Samuel  Barber,  and  lived  some  years  on  the  side  of  the 
mountain,  west  of  the  house  of  Norton  Case.  He  afterward 
built  a  house  and  lived  some  thirty  years  or  more,  on  the 
high  ground,  some  fifty  rods  west  of  the  house  of  Daniel 
Barber ;  he  afterward  lived,  and  died  in  the  house  now 
owned  by  Levi,  and  Salmon  D.  Case,  on  the  East  Hill. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

John  G.  Bandell, 

1754,  1832,  78. 

Sarah  Barber, 

1761,  1829,  68. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 




1782,  1846,  64. 


1784,  1832,  48. 








1794,  1834,  40. 











Married  Grove  Case. 

Married  Lucy  Jones. 

Married  1st,  Susan  Bunce;  2d, 

Thirza  Eaton. 
Married  Lydia  Andruss. 
Married  Levi  Case. 
Married  Emily  Carrier. 
Married  Bishop  Nichols. 
Married  1st,   Amelia   Hart;  2d, 

Thirza  Russell. 
Married  Levi  Gridley. 
Married  Roswell  Russell. 
Married  Eli  Case. 

EPHEIAM  BUEL,  JUN.  He  with  his  wife  Mercy,  a  sis- 
ter of  Samuel  Barber,  came  from  Old  Simsbury,  about  1743, 
and  settled  on  land  adjoining  their  brother  Thomas.  Their 
house  was  on  the  west  side  of  Cherries  brook  near  the  west 
end  of  the  saw-mill,  built  by  Humphrey  &  Brown.  They 
both  died  near  the  same  time  not  far  from  1745.  The  farm 
was  then  rented  to  Ichabod  Miller,  who  occupied  it  from 
twelve  to  eighteen  years.  They  left  two  little  daughters? 
orphans.  Mindwell,  the  oldest  of  them,  afterward  became 
the  wife  of  Roger  Case.  The  youngest  of  them  died  in 
childhood,  leaving  valuable  landed  property  for  the  surviv- 
ing heiress. 



Mind  well, 

Born.  Died.  Age- 

1741,  1804,  63. 
1743,  1745. 

PETER  CURTIS,  with  his  wife,  settled  in  West  Sims- 
bury,  about  1744,  on  lands  now  owned  by  Ezekiel  Hosford, 
at  a  place  then  called  Onion  brook. 


Peter  Curtis, 
Miss Parker. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1712,  1756,  44. 

She  came  from  Wallingford. 






Peter,  3d, 






Born.  Died.  Age. 

He  died  in  the  army. 
1734,  1806,  72.    Married  Margaret  Dyer. 
1739,  1816,  77.    Married  Col.  Amasa  Mills. 

Married  Sylvanus  Wilcox. 
1745,  1805,  60.     Married  Eli  Case. 

Married  Bigalow  Lawrence. 
1751,  1789,  38.     Married  Betsy  Mills. 

Married  Joshua  Woodruff . 

1754,  1777,  23.    Died  of  small-pox. 

Peter  Curtis  was  the  first  adult  person  buried  in  the 
North  burying-ground. 

CAPT.  ELIPHALET  CURTIS,  was  the  second  son  of 
Peter  Curtis.  He  resided  on  the  premises  left  him  by  his 
father.  The  farm  is  now  owned  by  Gen.  Ezekiel  Hosford. 
He  removed  to  western  New  York  in  the  year  1800,  where 
he  died  in  1806,  aged  about  70  years. 

He  married  Margaret,  daughter  of  Benjamin  Dyer,  who 
survived  him  a  number  of  years,  and  died  in  the  year  1812, 
in  the  stone  house  now  owned  by  Lester  Mather. 


Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Eliphalet,  Jun.,  1758,  1816,  58.  Married  1st,  Mary  Wilcox  ;  2d, 

Mrs.  Holcomb. 

Margaret,  1760,  1798,  38.    Died  single. 

Thedosia.  Married  1st,  Zebina  Moses;  3d, 

Benajah  Holcomb.  Jun. 

Chrastina.  Married  Soloman  Woodruff. 

Narcissa.  Married  Joseph  Olcott. 

Agnes.  Married  Soloman  Dill,  Jun. 

Horace,  1771 .  Married  Chloe  Poison. 

G-ad,  1774,1853,79.  Married  1st,  Eunice  Porter  ;  3d, 

Cherissa  Wilcox. 


Sarah,  1780,  1785,    5.     Died  in  childhood. 

Capt.  Curtis  was  an  officer  in  the  revolutionary  army  in 
the  first  years  of  the  war. 

MAJ.  ISEAEL  CURTIS,  oldest  son  of  Peter  Curtis, 
Sen.,  married  Elizabeth  Andrus.  In  his  early  married  state 
he  resided  in  the  near  vicinity  of  his  father's  house.  They 
buried  one  child  named  Elizabeth ;  he  had  a  son  named 
Zebina,  afterward  became  of  notoriety  in  Windsor,  Vermont. 
He  removed  to  Windsor,  Vermont,  sometime  previous  to 
the  commencement  of  the  Revolutionary  war,  and  died  a 
major  in  the  northern  army. 

MAJ.  PETER  CURTIS,  third  son  of  Peter  Curtis,  Sen., 
settled  in  Farmington  ;  was  an  officer  in  the  American  army 
of  the  Revolution;  was  after  the  war  a  brigade  major  and  also 
a  major  in  the  line.  He  was  the  first  keeper  of  Newgate 
prison,  in  Granby,  commencing  1790,  and  left  it  in  1796, 
in  declining  health,  and  died  in  1797!  He  had  two  sons 
Jeptha  and  Adna,  and  two  daughters.  Betsey  and  Nancy. 


GIDEON  CURTIS,  was  the  4th  son  of  Peter  Curtis, 
Sen.  He  married  Elizabeth  or  Betsey,  daughter  of  Rev. 
Gideon  Mills.  He  resided  on  the  premises,  and  built  the 
house  now  standing  some  forty  rods  north-east  from  Gen. 
Ezekiel  Hosford's.  He  was  by  occupation  a  blacksmith.  He, 
by  an  overlif  ting  in  his  youthful  days,  brought  on  a  disease  or 
weakness  of  the  back,  which  caused  him  to  endure  frequent 
spells  of  sickness  and  suffering  by  turns  through  his  remain- 
ing years,  and  brought  him  down  to  the  grave  in  1789. 
Several  circumstances  and  traits  of  character  in  this  excel- 
lent man,  and  his  amiable  companion,  are  thought  worthy 
of  notice  in  this  short  sketch  of  a  few  things  respecting 
them.  They  were  both,  in  their  natural  turn  and  deport- 
ment uncommonly  kind  and  agreeable,  but  beyond  this,  they 
both  exhibited  those  good  properties  that  go  to  show  what 
divine  grace  can  raise  some  of  our  human  race  to  be  in  the 
humbler  walks  of  life.  They  both,  to  an  eminent  degree 
manifested  Christian  resignation  under  adversity,  which,  at 
the  same  time  was  at  a  great  remove  from  unfseling  indif- 
ference. Some  things  respecting  Mr.  Curtis  will  here  .be  no- 
ticed. He  was  troubled  with  stammering  in  his  speech,  to 
an  uncommon  degree.  He  was  a  singer  of  the  first  order. 
His  voice  and  scientific  accomplishments  would  compare 
well  among  the  first  masters  and  teachers  of  that  time, 
though  his  knowledge  and  his  high  attainments,  were  pro- 
duced by  his  own  native  musical  genius,  aided  by  his  own 
application  to  the  science  as  he  had  opportunity. 

His  impediment  in  speech  was  no  embarrassment  in  his 
singing  except  in  mentioning  tunes,  and  occasional  speak- 
ing, and  his  vital  strength  held  out  to  within  a  short  time  of 
his  death.  His  weakness,  and  spinal  sensitiveness  was  such 
that  for  many  weeks  he  required  to  be  lifted  from  his  bed  to 
his  chair,  and  even  to  be  turned  from  side  to  side  on  his  bed, 
yet  he  could  join  with  his  friends  and  attendants  who  loved 
singing,  and  would  occasionally  favor  them  by  singing  some 
European  or  American  set  pieces,  which  he  had  in  his 
mental  store,  consisting  of  music  from  Madan,  and  others. 
He  would  often  sing  the  anthem  from  7th  of  Job,  music  by 



Lyons,  and  remark  at  the  close,  that  it  was  applicable  to  his 
own  case;  he  loved  to  sing  the  Dying  Christian,  music  by  Bil- 
lings. Having  sold  the  place  on  which  he  commenced  his 
family  state,  he  lived  his  last  year  in  a  house  then  standing 
the  west  side  of  the  road,  opposite  the  house  of  James  Hum- 
phrey, and  died  there.  He  was  viewed  by  Christian  people 
as  one  who  could  understandingly  confide  in  the  rectitude  of 
God's  dealings  with  him.  The  same  traits  of  character  were 
seen  to  adorn  the  life  of  his  worthy  partner,  both  during  his 
life,  and  through  the  remainder  of  her  life, which  closed  in  A.D. 
1825.  She,  for  the  last  twenty-seven  years  of  her  life, was  the 
wife  of  the  Rev.  Rufus  Hawley,  of  Northington,  (now  Avon.) 
It  appeared  to  be  a  settled  principle  with  her,  that  whatso- 
ever God  did  was  right.  They  were  the  parents  of  six  chil- 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Gideon  Curtis,  1751,  1789,  38. 

Elizabeth  (or  Betsey) 
Mills,  1753,  1825,  72. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Child,  1774,  1774. 

Gideon,  2d,  1775.  Married  an  adopted  daughter 

of  Capt.  Sweet,  of  Nor- 

Solomon,  1778.  Married  a  daughter  of  Samuel 


Drayton  Mills,  1781 .  Married  a  lady  educated  by  the 


Norman,  1785.  He  was  a  stammerer. 

Elizabeth,  or  Betsey,  1788.  Married  Thomas  Gleason,  of 


These  families  that  bore  the  name  of  Curtis  were  among 
the  most  prominent  in  West  Simsbury,  the  later  part  of  the 
last  century,  although  the  race  has  now  become  almost  ex- 
tinct in  this  town,  and  but  very  few  are  now  living  that  had 
any  knowledge  of  them. 


SERG.  DANIEL  CASE,  2o.  He  removed  from  tlie  old 
parish  to  West  Simsbury  about  the  year  1746  or  47,  accom- 
panied by  his  three  brothers,  Dudley,  Zacheus,  and  Ezekiel, 
and  two  sisters,  Mindwell,  wife  of  David  Adams,  and  Lois, 
wife  of  Joseph  Mills,  Jun.  He  resided  on  the  premises  now 
occupied  by  Calvin  Case. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Daniel  Case,  1720,  1801,  81. 

Mary  Watson,  1724,1807,83.  Of  New  Hartford. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Daniel,  1752,  1799,  47.  Married  Elizabeth  Humphrey. 

Moses,  1754,  1782,  28.  Married  Eunice  Case. 

Mary,  1756,  1832.  76.  Married  John  Garret. 

Abigail,  1758,  1830,  72.  Married  William  Taylor. 

Lois,  1760.  Died  single. 

Keturah,  1762,  1824,  62.  Married  James  Humphrey,  Esq. 

Penlope,  1764,  1781,  17.  Died  single. 

Amery  Watson,  1767,  1852,  85.  Married  Betsey  Hawes. 

Elam,  1772,  1848.  76.  Married  Phebe  Andrus,  widow 

of  Leman  Andrus. 

Mr.  Daniel  Case,  erected  the  first  grist-mill  in  West  Sims- 
bury,  on  the  site  now  occupied  by  Calvin  Case,  Jun.,  and 
Orange  Case. 

SERG.  DANIEL  CASE,  IST,  married  Penlope  Buttolph, 
May  7th,  1719;  died  May  28th,  1733,  aged  37  years. 

LIEUT.  DANIEL  CASE,  son  of  Serg.  Daniel  Case,  2d, 
married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Capt.  Ezekiel  Humphrey, 
Sen.,  about  A.  D.  1771.  They  resided  on  the  farm  now 
owned  by  Stephen  H.  Atwater. 


Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Daniel  Case,  1752,  1799,  47. 

Elizabeth  Humphrey,  1750,  1808,  58. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Nancy,  1772. 

Daniel,  1774. 

Harvey,  1777. 

Moses,  1779. 


Hugh.  Was  killed  by  the  bursting  of 

a   cask  of  burning  spirits, 


The  children  removed  to  the  state  of  New  York,  at  the 
beginning  of  this  century. 

OZIAS  CASE,  son  of  Lieut.  Dudley  Case.  He  resided 
the  early  part  of  his  family  state  in  the  near  vicinity  of  the 
house  of  Dea.  Lester  Mather;  there  he  lost  one  or  more  of 
the  early  members  of  his  family.  About  1791  he  removed 
to  Otis,  Mass.,  where  he  spent  the  remainder  of  his  life. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Ozias  Case,  1757,  1820,  63. 

Mary  Hill,  1804. 

Amy  Baldwin,  1811. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Mary,  or  Polly,  1774.  Married  Charles  Segar. 

Ozias,  Jun  ,  1776.  Married  Esther  D'Wolf . 

Manna,  1779.  Married  Electa  Barber. 

Luman.  Married Humphrey. 

George,  1790. 

Dencey,  1792.  Married  1st,  Thomas  Bidwell, 

Jun.;  2d,  Amos  Rising. 


LIEUT.  DUDLEY  CASE.  He  removed  from  the  old 
parish  to  West  Simsbury,  about  the  year  1742.  He  resided 
on  the  place  known  as  the  Hosford  Stand,  where  he  kept 
public  house  for  a  long  succession  of  years. 


Dudley  Case, 
Dorcas  Humphrey, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1722,  1792,  70. 
1726,  1805,  79. 












Born.  Died   Age. 

1744,  1822,  78. 




1755,  1839,  84. 


1759,  1809,  50. 

1761,  1815,  54. 

1764,  1849,  85. 

1767,  1836,  69. 

1769,  1782,  13. 

Married  1st,  Susannah  Merrell; 

2d,  Lucretia  Case. 
Died  in  youth. 
Died  in  youth. 
Died  in  youth. 
Married  Delight  Grriswold. 
Married  Mary  Hills. 
Married  Lucretia  Foot. 
Married  1st,  Rachel  Foot ;  3d, 

Allice  Hallock. 
Married   1st,   Benjamin    Mills ; 

2d,  Nodiah  Woodruff. 
Married  Rhoda  Lusk. 

They  had  eleven  children,  ten  sons  and  one  daughter. 

CAPT.  DUDLEY  CASE,  JUN.,  son  of  Lieut.  Dudley 
Case,  married  Susannah,  daughter  of  Jonathan  Merrell,  Sen. 
He  resided  on  the  premises  now  owned  by  the  heirs  of  the 
late  Hiram  Pike,  near  the  confines  of  New  Hartford.  They 
had  no  children.  For  his  second  wife,  he  married  Lucretia, 
relict  of  Capt. Elias  Case.  He  was  born  in  1744 ;  died  1822, 
aged  78  years.  His  first  wife,  Susannah,  died  1810.  Lucre- 
tia, his  second  wife,  died  1843. 


DEA.  ELISHA  CASE,  fifth  son  of  Lieut.  Dudley  Case, 
grandson  of  Daniel  Case,  Sen.,  and  of  the  fifth  degree  inclu- 
sive from  the  first  John  Case.  He  resided  on  the  premises 
now  occupied  by  Newell  Miner. 


Elisha  Case, 
Delight  Griswold, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1755,  1839,  84. 

1757,  1842,  85.    Daughter    of    Samuel    Gris- 




Delight  G., 







Born.  Died.  Age- 

1777,1808,31.    Married  David  Wilmot. 

1779,  1846,  67.  Married  Thaddeus,  son  of  Dea. 
Benjamin  Mills. 

1781,  1824,  48.  Married  Abia  Barber,  daughter 
of  John  Barber. 

1783,  1810,  27.  Married  John  Barber,  3d. 

1785,  1849,  64.  Married  1st,  Sally,  daughter 
of  Obed  Higley;  3d,  Cath- 
arine, daughter  of  Phineas 

1787,  1803,  15. 


1793,  1853,  60. 

1796,  1796. 

1797,  1854,  57. 


1806,  1848,  43. 

Married  Mary,  daughter  of  Col. 

Theodore  Pettibone. 
Married  Reuben  Hill. 
Married    Amelia,    daughter    of 

Col.  Arnold  Humphrey. 

Married    Susan,     daughter    of 

Maj.  Gad  Frisbie. 
Married  Lemuel  Whitman. 
Married  1st,   Tracy  Humphrey; 

3d,  -       -  Hurlbut. 
Married    1st,    Nancy    C.    Hin- 

man;  3d,  Harriet  R.  King. 

DEA.  ABEAHAM  CASE,  son  of  Bartholomew  and  Mary, 
daughter  of  Ensign  Samuel  Humphrey,  married  1699. 


He,  with  his  brother  Amos,  removed  from  the  old  society 
about  the  year  1740.  He  resided  on  the  East  Hill,  on  the 
premises  occupied  by  the  heirs  of  his  grandson,  Lyman 
Case,  deceased.  He  had  nine  children,  two  sons  and  seven 
daughters;  all  were  married  and  had  children  except  Abra- 
ham and  Kachel.  It  is  proper  to  state  here  that  for  a  great 
number  of  years  the  East  Hill  went  by  the  name  of  Chest- 
nut Hill.  The  appellation  now  given  to  it  is  of  more  recent 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Abraham  Case,  1720,  1800,  80. 

1st  wife,  Rachel  Case,  1722,  1790. 
2d,  widow  Webster,      1727. 

Sister  of  Capt.  Josiah  Case. 



Abraham,  Jun., 





Born.  Died.  Age. 

1741,  1759,  18. 

1743,  1776,  33. 

1745,  1807,  62. 

1747,  1808,  61. 

1752,  1781,  30. 

1755,  1808,  53. 
1757,  1836,  79. 
1759,  1798,  54. 

Married  Sarah  Humphrey. 
Married  Ezra  Wilcox. 
Married   1st,  Judith  Case;  2d, 

Elizabeth  Case. 
Married  Caleb  Case. 
Married    1st,    Moses    Case;  2d, 

Ebenezer  Cowles. 
Married  Charles  Humphrey. 
Married  Giles  Humphrey. 
Married  Jeremy  Griswold. 

ABEAHAM  CASE,  JUN.,  married  Sarah,  oldest  daughter 
of  Oliver  Humphrey,  Esq.  They  resided  on  what  was  call- 
ed the  Fowler  farm,  situated  north  of  Collinsville,  and  now 
belongs  to  the  farm  of  Addison  O.  Mills.  They  left  no 
children.  He  died  about  1776;  his  widow  afterward  married 
to  Kev.  Abraham  Fowler,  and  by  him,  had  one  son,  born 
1784,  named  Abraham  Case  Fowler. 


OAPT.  ELISHA  CASE,  son  of  Dea.  Abraham  Case,  mar- 
ried Judith,  daughter  of  Jeremiah  or  Jeremy  Case.  He 
resided  on  the  farm  left  by  his  father  and  father-in-law. 
They,  during  their  family  state,  had  seven  children,  four  of 
whom  (the  two  first  and  two  last)  sunk  into  idiocy  and 
died  in  early  youth.  Three  of  them  lived  to  adult  years, 
settled  in  family  state  and  had  children. 


Elisha  Case, 
Judith  Case. 

Born.  Died-  Age. 

1747,  1808,  61. 
1749,  1805,  56. 

Children  that  grew  up .     Born.  Died,  Age. 



1773.  Married  Alana  Bandell. 

1776,  1811,  35.     Married   1st,    William    McFar- 

land;  3d,  William  Wilcox, 


1778,  1832,  54. 

AMOS  CASE,  brother  of  Abraham  Case,  removed  from 
the  old  parish  to  West  Simsbury,  about  the  year  1740. 

They  were  sons  of  Bartholomew  and  Marv,  daughter  of 
Ensign  Samuel  Humphrey,  who  were  married  in  the  year 

He  resided  on  the  East  Hill,  in  the  house  lately  occupied 
by  Abel  Case,  and  now  occupied  by  Myron  Case. 

They  had  ten  children,  five  sons  and  five  daughters,  who 
all  lived  to  adult  years,  and  all  left  children,  except  Seth 
and  Lucy. 


Amos  Case, 
Mary  Holcomb, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1712,  1798,  86.     Married,  1739. 
1714,  1802,  88. 



Born.  Died.  Age. 
1739,  1834,  95. 

1742,  1794,  52. 

Married  Simeon  Case,    son   of 

Richard  Case,  2d. 
Married  Richard  Case,  son  of 

Richard  Case,  2d. 







1744,  1774,  30. 

1746,  1798,  52. 

1748,  1834,  86. 

1749,  1809,  59. 
1752,  1837,  85. 

1754,  1780,  26. 

1757,  1786,  29. 

1760,  1776,  16. 

Died  single. 

Married  Betsey  Ward. 

Married  1st,  Huldah  Higley;  2d, 
Lucy  Perry. 

Married  1st,  Jane  Kelly:  2d, 
Mary  Case. 

Married  1st,  Ruggles  Hum- 
phrey; 2d,  Solomon  Buel. 

Married  Rhoda  Merrell. 

Married  Hosea  Case,  2d. 

Died  single. 

Seth,  the  youngest  son,  died  in  the  American  army,  near 
New  York,  in  1776,  and  although  his  brothers,  Abel  and 
Silas,  were  there  at  the  same  time,  they  were  not  allowed 
by  their  officers  to  see  him  during  his  sickness. 

ABEL  CASE,  SEN.,  second  son  of  Amos  Case,  Sen.,  mar- 
ried Huldah  Higley,  daughter  of  the  second  Brewster  Hig- 
ley. He  resided  through  life  on  the  premises  that  were 
previously  occupied  by  his  father,  in  the  East  Hill  school 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Abel  Case,  Sen.,  1748,1834,86.    Married,  1777. 

1st  wife,  Huldah  Hig- 
ley, 1750,  1810,  60. 
2d  wife,  Lucy  Perry.  1815. 



Abel,  Jun., 

Born-  Died.  Age. 

1778.  Married    Jabez    Hamblin;     he 

died  1834,  aged  56. 

1783,  1831,  48.    Married  Rachel  Humphrey. 
1786,  1848,  62.    Married  Ira  Case. 


1793,  1815,  22. 

Married  Sadoce  Case. 



SILAS  CASE,  third  son  of  Amos  Case,  Sen. 


Silas  Case, 

1st  wife,  Jane  Kelly, 

2d  wife,  Mary  Case, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1749,  1809,  59. 

1755,  1833,  74. 




Silas,  Jun., 







Born.  Died.  Age. 

1781,  1850,  69. 

1782,  1848,  66. 

1785,  1816,  31. 






1799,  1832,  33. 

Married  1st,  Roxy  Hoskins  ;  2d, 

Mabel  Steele. 
Married  Giles  Case. 
Married  Mary  Humphrey,  and 

Dinah  Case. 

Married  Keturah  Bandell. 
Married  Cynthia  Case. 
Married  Holcomb  Case. 
Married  Everest  Case. 
Married  Tirzah  Gibbons. 
Married  Case  Braman. 

SERG.  KICHAED  CASE,  2o.  He  was  son  of  Capt. 
Richard,  and  grandson  of  the  first  John  Case.  He  removed 
to  West  Simsbury  in  1737,  and  is  supposed  to  have  been 
the  first  settler,  and  to  have  erected  the  first  dwelling-house 
in  this  portion  of  the  town.  His  son  Sylvanus  has  ever 
been  reputed  to  have  been  the  first  English  child  born 
within  the  limits  of  West  Simsbury.  He  resided  on  the 
East  Hill;  the  building-site  is  still  to  be  seen  opposite  the 
dwelling-house  lately  erected  by  his  great  grandson,  John 
Case,  Esq. 


Richard  Case, 
Mercy  Holcomb, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1710,  1769,  59. 
1712,  1780,  68. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Richard,  3d  1734,  1805,  71.     Married  Ruth  Case. 

Joab,  1735,  1758,     4. 











1737,  1817,  80. 

1739,  1822,  83. 
1741,  1804,  62. 
1743,  1826,  83. 

1748,  1822,  75. 

1750,  1798,  48. 

1752,  1818,  66. 

1755,  1822,  66. 

1759,  1850,  92. 

Married  1st,  Caroline  Hum- 
phrey; 2d,  widow  Hepzibah 
Humphrey;  she  died,  1818, 
aged  74. 

Married  Mary  Case. 

Married  Athildred  Curtis. 

Married  1st,  Susannah  Law- 
rence; 2d,  Eunice  Dill. 

Married  Zeruah  Lawrence. 

Married  Sarah  Tuller. 

Married  Abram  Moses. 

Married  David  Pettibone. 

Married  Esther  Brown. 

In  this  family  of  eleven  children  they  all  lived  to  adult 
years,  and  married,  except  Joab. 

SYLVANUS  CASE,  third  son  of  Richard  Case,  2d. 
He  lived  about  forty  rods,  north  of  the  present  site  of  the 
East  Hill  school-house ;  the  site  now  belongs  to  Theron 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Sylvanus  Case,  1737,  1817,  80. 

1st    wife,    Caroline 
Humphrey.  Widow  of  Benajah  Humphrey. 

2d    wife,    Hepzibah 
Humphrey.  1743,  1817,  74.    Widow  of  William  Humphrey. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Caroline,  1776.  Married  Allen  Woodruff ,  of  Far- 


Sylvanus,  2d.,  1778,  1806,  28.  Dropped  dead  while  working  in 

the  field. 

Hepzibah.  Married  David  Latimer,  of 


Rufus.  Married  Polly  Dibble,  of  South- 


CAPT.  UBIAH  CASE,  son  of  Se^.   Eichard    Case,   2d. 
He  resided  on  the  farm  left  by  Ms  father  on  the  East  Hill. 

rriei  Susan  Lawrence ;  2d,  Eunice 

Dill ;  3d,  Mary  Case,  .widow  of  Silas  Case.  He  had  four 
children  by  his  first  wife,  and  eleven  by  his  second.  He 
died  1826,  aged  83.  His  wife  died  1815,  aged  61. 



Uriah,  Jtin., 








Clara>    [twins, 
Laura,  ) 




Born.  Died.  Age. 




1774,  1808,  34. 


1779,  1818,  39. 

1781,  1853,  72. 

1783,  1808,  25. 

1784,  1854,  69. 
1786,  1808,  22. 


1788,  1842,  54. 


1791,  1822,  31. 


Married  Isaiah  Taylor. 

Married  1st,  Ainasa  Tuller;  2d, 
David  Sutliff . 

Married  Sarah  Noble  ;*  she 
died  1807,  aged  31. 

Married  Jared  Mills,  Jun. 

Married  Roswell  Reed. 

Married  Sarah  Case. 

Married  Sylvia  Case. 

Died  single. 

Married  Jane  Case. 

Died  single;  she  and  Elizabeth 
were  both  buried  at  the 
same  time;  they  both  died 
very  near  the  same  time  of 
the  spotted  fever. 

Married  Charles  Humphrey. 
Married  Ruggles  Case. 

Married  Hiram  Case. 

ELI  CASE,  son  of  Serg.  Eichard  Case,  2d,  resided  on 
the  premises  now  owned  by  Lucian  B.  Case,  on  the  East 


Eli  Case, 
Athildred  Curtis, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1741,  1804,  62. 
1745,  1805,  60. 

*  She  was  the  first  person  interred  in  the  burying-ground  in  Suffrage  Village. 
Her  death  was  occasioned  by  jumping  from  a  waggon ;  a  lady  riding  with  her  re- 
mained in  the  waggon  and  escaped  unhurt. 



Born.  Died.  Age. 



1804,  38. 

Eli,  Jiin., 


1795,  27. 



1822,  52. 



1836,  64. 



1851,  75. 



1814,  35. 







1826,  42. 



1845,  57. 

Married  Ephrairn  B.  Case. 
Married  Hannah  Alford. 
Married  Abigail  Case. 
Married  Sarah  Merritt. 
Married  Mary  Case. 
Married  Sarah  Jones;  was  killed 

in  falling  a  tree. 
Married  Ozias  Woodford. 
Married  1st,  Diantha  Humphrey; 

2d,  Sarah  Case. 
Married  David  Ackart. 
Tilarried  Trueman  Allen. 

It  is  supposed  one  died  in  infancy. 

TIMOTHY  CASE,  son  of  Serg.  Eichard  Case,  2d, 
grandson  of  Richard,  1st,  and  great  grandson  of  the  first 
John  Case,  with  his  wife,  Esther,  daughter  of  Capt.  John 
Brown,  commenced  family  state  about  1781.  They  resided 
on  the  premises  now  owned  by  his  grandnephew,  John  Case, 
Esq.,  till  1797;  then  removed  to  Otis,  Mass.,  and  lived  there 
till  1822 ;  they  then  removed  to  Andover,  Ohio,  to  spend 
the  remainder  of  their  jdays.  They  had  fourteen  children. 


Timothy  Case, 
Esther  Brown, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1759,  1850,  92. 
1762,  1838,  76. 

Married  1781. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 






1784,  1846,  62.' 

Timothy,  Jun., 

1788,  1816,  28. 






,  1793. 

Married  Daniel  Strickland. 
Married**-*-* —  Pratt. 
Mawied  Roeny  Brewster. 
Married  Amos  Miner. 
Married  Ira  Nichols. 
Married  O.  Clarke. 


Hiram,  1795,  1815,  20.     Died  single. 

Salmon,  1797,  1844,  47. 

Norman,  1799,  1822,  24. 

Selah,  1801. 

Orren,  1803,  1803. 

Orren  Brown,  1804. 

PHINEAS  CASE,  son  of  Serg.  Richard  Case,  2d,  with 
his  wife,  lived  in  West  Granby,  near  by  his  brother  Richard, 
till  about  1792,  when  he  moved  on  to  the  place,  which  is 
the  east  part  of  the  farm  of  Israel  W.  Graham,  where  he  re- 
sided through  life. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Phineas  Case,  1750,  1798,  48. 

Sarah  Tuller. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Sally.  Married  James  Ross. 


Mercy.  Married  Edgar  Taylor. 

Rosella.  Married  Edmund  Miner. 


Phineas,  Jun.  Married  Sally  Beckwith 


It  appears  by  burial-record,  they  lost  an  infant  in  1781; 
one  in  1782,  and  one  in  1794. 

LIEUT.  RICHARD  CASE,  or  Richard  3d,  oldest  son  of 
Serg.  Richard,  2d,  and  Mercy  Case,  married  Ruth,  daughter 
of  Amos  Case,  Sen.,  about  1756.  He  resided  on  the  farm, 
and  erected  the  dwelling-house  lately  owned  by  the  mem- 
bers of  the  Jacob  Edgerton  family,  in  West  Granby. 


Richard  Case,  3d, 
1st  wife,  Ruth  Case, 
3d  wife,  Mary  Case, 


Richard,  Jun.,  or  4th, 













Born-  Died.  Age. 

1734,  1805,  71. 
1741,  1794,  53. 
1732,  1817,  85. 

Born.  Died.  Age, 


1759,  1854,  95. 

1766,  1809,  43. 

1772,  1796,  24. 
1774,  1794,  21. 


1779,  1849,  70. 




Married  Jemima  Moore. 
Married  Moses  Miller. 
Married  Lucy  Hayes. 
Married  Oliver  Case. 
Married  Chloe  Thrall. 
Married  Isabel  Wilcox. 

Married  Cleopatra  Hayes. 
Married  Temperance  Miner. 
Married  Abigail  Couch. 
Married  Noah  Case,  3d. 
Married  Sybil  Bliss. 

SIMEON  CASE,  son  of  Serg.  Richard  Case,  2d,  with 
his  wife  Mary,  daughter  of  Amos  Case,  Sen.,  settled  in  fam- 
ily state,  about  1759.  They  resided  on  the  premises  that 
were  owned  by  the  heirs  of  ffce  late  Francis  Case,  in  West 


Simeon  Case, 
Mary  Case, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1739,  1823,  84. 
1739,  1826,  86. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Simeon,  Jun.,  1756,  1819,  57.  Married  Phebe  Burr. 

Titus,  1764,1816,51.  Married  Amy  Reed. 

Mary,  1771,  1821,  50. 

Obed,  1765,  1849,  84.  Married  Rachel  Emmons. 

Eliphalet,  1770,  1847,  77.  Married    Rachel     Case;     died 

1813,  aged  46. 

Ashbel,  1762,1816,44.  Married  Polly  Frazier. 




1774,  1824,  50.    Married  Mindwell   Case ;    died 

1830,  aged  51. 

1777,  1845,  68.    Married  Jemima  Case. 
1780,  Married  Clarrissa  Case. 

Married  Reuben  Russell. 

CAPT.  JOSIAH  QASE.  He  was  son  of  James  Case  and 
Esther  Fithen.  He  removed  from  the  old  parish  to  West 
Simsbury  about  the  year  1743.  He  resided  on  the  premises 
now  occupied  by  his  grandson,  Gen.  Jarvis  Case,  Esq.,  on 
Chestnut  Hill. 


Josiah  Case, 
Hestor  Higley, 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

1717,  1789,  72. 

1719,  1807,  88. 
Born.  Died.  Age- 






1741,  1759, 
1743,  1820, 

1745,  1790, 

1750,  1833, 

1752,  1817, 
1758,  1829, 





Married     1st,      Phebe     Tuller; 

2d,  Lydia  Case. 
Married  1st,  Thomas  Case  ;    2d, 

Carmi  Higley  ;  3d,  Abram 


Married  Amos  Wilcox. 
Married  John  Barber. 
Married  Amarila  Humphrey. 

JEREMY  CASE,  son  of  Capt.  James  Case.  He,  with 
his  wife  Judith,  came  from  Simsbury  about  the  year  1745. 
He  settled  on  the  place  now  owned  by  the  family  of  the  late 
David  Ackart,  deceased.  He  had  as  far  as  is  known  three 





Born.  Died.  Age. 

1749,  1805,  56. 

Married  to  a  Miss  Phelps. 
Married  Sarah  Hicox. 
Married  Elisha  Case. 


CAPT.  FITHIN  CASE,  second  son  of  Capt.  Josiah  Case 
settled  where  his  son,  Gen.  Jarvis  Case,  now  lives.  In  this 
family  of  eleven  children  they  all  lived  to  settle  in  family 
state  except  Salma. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

FithinCase,  1758,  1829.  71. 

Amarilla  Humphrey,    1764,  1845,  81. 


Fithin,  Jun., 



Josiah,  W. , 


Lavinia  Charity, 





Born.  Died.  Age. 
1781,  1856,  75. 

1784,  1853,  69. 



1790,  1830,  40. 

1792,  1794,     2. 





1805,  1845,  40. 

Married  Moses  Case,  son  of 
Lieut.  Moses  Case;  died 
1850,  aged  75. 

Married  Statira  Phelps. 

Married  Abia  Tuller. 

Married  Chauncey  Eno. 

Married  Agnes  Case. 

Married  Col.  Salmon  MerrelL 
Married  Flora  Humphrey. 
3d  wife  of  Ithuel  Gridley. 
Married  Lucia  Adams. 
1st  wife  of  Ithuel  Gridley. 

DBA.  HOSEA  CASE.  He  removed  from  the  old  parish 
to  West  Simsbury,  about  the  year  1752. 

He  resided  on  the  hill,  east  of  Isaac  Tuller's,  now  Augus- 
tus H.  Carrier's. 

They  had  eleven  children;  four  sons  and  seven  daughters; 
all  were  married  except  Dorcas,  and  nine  of  them  left  de- 


Hosea  Case, 
Mary  Case, 



Born.  Died.  Age. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Married  John  Hill,  of  Burling- 











1753,  1839,  86.    Married  Reuben  Barber. 

1756,  1834,  78.    Married   1st,  Rhoda    Case;  3d. 

Sarah  Buel. 
1758,  1837,  78.    Married  1st,  Lois  Dill;  3d,  Thede 


1761.  Married  Benjamin  Barber. 

1763,  1778,  15.    Died  in  single  life. 
1766,  1839,  73.    Married    Peter     Frederick 

1768,  1845,  76.    Married  1st,  Rebecca  Eggleston; 

3d,  Phebe  Tuttle. 

1770.  Married  Arba  Alford. 

1774.  Married  Aaron  Case. 

1776,  1745,  69.     Married    1st,   Leman    Andrus; 

3d,  Elam  Case. 

CAPT.  ZACHEUS  CASE,  brother  of  Daniel,  Dudley  and 
Ezekiel,  removed  from  Meadow-plain,  old  parish,  to  West 
Simsbury,  about  the  year  1746,  or  47. 

He  resided  on  the  premises  now  occupied  by  Ephraim 
Mills,  Esq. 

He  with  his  wife,  and  their  son  Caleb,  removed  to  Whites- 
town,  New  York,  in  1792. 


Zacheus  Case, 
Abigail  Barber, 






Born.  Died.  Age. 

1738,  1812,  84. 
1730,  1798,  68. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1754.  Married  3d,   Sarah   Case;   3d, 

Rhoda  Case. 

1757.  Died  in  youth. 

1759.  Married  Charles  Wilcox. 

1761,  1809,  48.    Married  Col.  William  Wilcox. 
1764,  1830,  66.    Married  1st,  Jedediah  Wilcox ; 

3d,    Frederick    Humphrey ; 

3d,  Wait  Munson. 
1766,  1851.  86.    Married  1st, Benajah  Humphrey; 

3d,  Asa  Case. 

1768.  1798,  30.    Married  Caina  Mills. 
1770,  1809,  39.    Married  Daniel  Alburtson. 


CALEB  CASE,  son  of  Capt.  Zacheus  and  Abigail  Case, 
erected  the  house  now  owned  by  Plinny  Case,  and  resided 
in  it  during  part  of  his  family  state  in  Canton. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Caleb  Case,  1754. 

1st  wife,  Sarah  Case      1751,1781,30.    Daughter     of    Dea.    Abraham 

2d  wife,  Rhoda  Case,    1757,  1792,  35.    Widow  of  Plinny  Case. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 



Married    8arah,    daughter 


William  Case. 





Married  1st,  Joab  Case;  2d, 


saloin  Graham. 







NOAH  CASE,  SEN.,  second  son  of  John  Case,  3d.  He 
resided  about  half  a  mile  north-west  of  where  Wells  Wilcox 
now  lives  in  the  south-west  corner  of  Granby.  He  was 
brother  to  Capt.  John,  Job,  Charles  and  Lucy,  and  grand- 
father of  Noah,  Abner  and  Anson. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Noah  Case,  1720,  1797,  77. 

Myriam  Holcomb,         1720,  1795,  75. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Noah,  2d,  1741,  1807,  66.    Married  Mary,   daughter  of 

Lieut.  David  Adams. 

Amy,  1744.  Married  Titus  Reed. 

Myriam,  1746,  1750,  14. 

Roger,  1748. 

Abner,  1752,  1807,  55.    Married  Hannah  Case. 

Ruth,  1754.  ^ 

Darius,  1756,  1801,  45.     Married  Mary  Giddings. 

Lydia,  1758,  Married  James  Case. 

DABIUS  CASE,  fourth  son  of  Noah  Case,  Sen.,  resided 
on  the  place  now  owned  by  his  son  Anson  Case. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Darius  Case,  1756,  1801,  46.     Married,  1782. 

Mary  Giddings. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Darius,  2d,  1783.  Married  Dilla  Barber. 

Clarrissa,  1784,  1827,  43.  1st  wife  of  Robert  Case. 

Harriet,  1786.  Married  Warren  Emmons. 

Tempa,  1789.  Married  1st,  Zacheus  Wilcox; 

3d,  Amos  Tuller. 

Anson,  1791.  Married  Rachel  Case. 

Laura,  1793,  1849,  56.  Married  William  Colt. 

Austin,  1795. 

Rosadile,  1797,  1855,  58.  Married  Abiel  Case. 

The  daughter  Laura,  with  her  husband,  were  both  killed 
by  an  accident  on  a  railroad  in  the  State  of  New  Hampshire, 
about  six  years  since. 

EZEKIEL  CASE,  SEN.,  a  brother  of  Daniel  and  Dudley. 
He  removed  from  the  old  parish  to  West  Simsbury,  about 
the  year  1 754,  and  settled  on  the  premises  now  owned  by 
Stephen  H.  Atwater. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age, 

Ezekiel  Case,  1731. 

1st  wife,  LucyCornish,  1770. 

3d  wife,  Mary  Hoskins,  Married  1771. 

Children  by  1st  wife.     Born,  Died,  Age. 

Lucy,  1754,  1777,  33.    1st  wife  of  Solomon  Humphrey. 

Ezekiel,  2d,  1756. 


Violet,  1758.  Married  Asa  Grillet. 

Frederick,  1761. 

Abigail,  1763. 

Rachel,  1766. 

Benoni,  1769. 

Child  by  2d  wife.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Abijah,  1771. 

Some  incidents  in  the  history  of  Ezekiel  Case,  2d,  may 
be  mentioned  here.  He  was  in  the  American  army  in  1776, 
and  for  the  crime  of  deserting  to  the  British  army,  he  was 
sentenced  to  death,  but  was  reprieved  and  pardoned,  by  the 
interposition  of  Elisha  Cornish,  Sen.  In  1793,  he  was 
brought  to  capital  trial  for  killing  a  child  of  Mr.  Aikley,  of 
Bloomfield,  but  was  acquitted  of  murder  on  the  ground  of 

JACOB  CASE,  IST,  born  1699,  died  1763,  aged  64. 
Abigail  Barber,  born  1702,  died  1779,  aged  77. 

JACOB  CASE,  2o,  son  of  Jacob  and  Abigail  Case,  came 
to  West  Simsbury  about  1760.  He  settled  on  the  place 
now  owned  by  his  granddaughter,  widow  Godard.  They 
had  three  children,  one  son  and  two  daughters. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Jacob  Case,  2d,  1735,  1807,  72.    He   hung  himself    in  his  owh 

Elizabeth  Hokins,  1804. 

Children.  Born.  Died,  Ag». 

Betsey,  1831.          Married  Jehiel  Lattimer. 

Mary,  Married  Abraham  Humphrey. 

Jacob.  Died  in  youth. 

JESSE  CASE,  son  of  Jacob  Case  the  first,  (who  was  a 
descendant  of  Joseph  Case,)  settled  in  West  Simsbury  about 
the  year  1763,  and  lived  on  the  place  afterward  owned  by 
his  son  the  late  Augustus  Case,  deceased. 


Jesse  Case,  Sen., 
Sarah  Humphrey. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1738,  1807,  69. 

Daughter  of  Capt.  Noah  Hum- 

Jesse,  Jun., 

Aseneth,  1st, 
Aseneth,  2d, 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

1767,  1842,  75. 


1770,  1855,  85. 

1774,  1825,  49. 

1772,  1776,  4. 

1777,  1845,  68. 

1779,  1822,  39. 



Married    Sarah    Cornish     and 

Lydia  Church. 
Married  Samuel  Leet. 
Married  Hannah  Hoskins. 
Married  Riverius  Case. 
Died  single. 

Married  Persis  Seward. 
Married  Edmund  O.  Sullivan. 
Married    Allen    Barber,     of 

DEA.  JESSE  CASE,  first  son  of  Jesse  Case,  Sen.,  resided 
near  the  paternal  homestead,  now  the  residence  of  Jesse  O. 
Case,  in  the  Farms  District,  Canton,  formerly  West  Sims- 
bury.  The  old  paternal  homestead  where  he  was  born, 
was  the  first  house  built  in  that  section  of  the  town,  and 
stood  upon  the  side  hill  about  one  hundred  rods  north-west 
of  his  late  residence.  The  house  in  which  he  lived  and 
died,  was  built  by  him  about  the  year  1800. 


Born.  Died.  Age 
1767,  1842,  75. 

Jesse  Case, 
1st  wife,  Sarah  Cor- 
nish, 1773,  1815,  42. 
2d  wife,  Lydia  Church,  1778. 


Children  by  1st  wife.          Born.  Died.  Age. 

Jessie  O.,  1792,  Married  Chloe  Gleason. 

Justin,  1795.  1802. 

Everest  1796.  Married  Lucy  Case. 

Sarah,  1798.  Married  Ezekiel  H.  Wilcox. 

Newton,  1801,  1807. 

Elmina,  1803. 

Justin  1805,  1841,  36.    Married  Rachel  H.  Talcott. 

Newton,  1807.  Married  Lemira  B.  Huriburt. 

Rowena,  1809,  1834,  25. 

Abigail,  1812. 

Children  by  Sd  wife.          Born.  Died.  Age. 

LydiaC.,  1817,  1820,    3. 

Lydia,  1820 

JOSIAH  CLAEKE.  He  lived  and  died  on  the  place  now- 
owned  by  Robert  Wilcox.  He  commenced  about  1748.  Mr. 
Clarke  and  several  of  his  family,  were  cut  down  in  quick 
succession  by  a  fever  of  a  very  malignant  type;  three  of  his 
family  were  interred  in  succession  in  the  North  burying- 
ground,  1779. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Josiah  Clarke,  1727,  1777,  50. 

Deliverance,  1728,  1801,  73.    She  was    the    third    wife     of 

John  Segar. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Josiah,  1753,  1821,  68,  Married  Zilde . 

Deliverance,  1751,  1779,  28.  Married  John  F.  Frasier. 

Susannah,  1761,  1779,  18. 

Elihu,  1763,  1779,  16. 

Timothy,  1768.  Married  Rachel  Gilbert. 

Of  the  other  members  of  this  family,  the  compiler  has  no 


MB. CLARKE.  He,  with  his  wife  and  children, 

settled  on  the  farm  now  known  by  the  name  of  the  Cook 
farm,  on  Bald  Hill,  about  the  year  1743. 

He,  with  two  or  three  of  his  sons,  were  cut  down  by  a 
violent  fever,  which  deprived  the  family  of  its  help,  about 
A.  D.  1754 

The  family  soon  left  the  place,  and  it  afterward  came 
into  the  hands  of  Isaac  Graham,  who  lived  on  it  through 
Ms  lifetime. 

But  little  is  known  of  the  family. 

THOMAS  CAVEELEE,  married  Sarah,  daughter  of 
Isaac  and  Sarah  Graham,  and  resided  for  many  years,  at 
the  corner  of  the  old  roads,  some  sixty  rods  east  of  his  father 
Graham's  house,  on  Bald  Hill;  Mr.  Caverlee's  house  stood 
near  the  north-east  corner  of  the  lot,  south  of  the  road  on 
land  now  belonging  to  Gideon  M.  Case.  After  1800,  he 
resided  at  different  places.  He  was  a  soldier  of  the  ."Revolu- 
tion, but  died  before  the  pension  law  wa  *  enacted,  so  that 
he,  with  many  others  died  poor,  without  having  received 
any  just  compensation  for  their  services  and  suffering  in 
their  country's  cause. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Thomas  Caverlee,          1752,  1815,  63. 
Sarah  Graham. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Thomas,  Jtm,,  1781,  1781. 

Thomas,  2d,  1782.  Married  Mary  Ann . 

Sarah,  1784.  Married Buel. 

Melinda,  1786  Married  Jonathan  Medar,   who 

died  in  New  York,  1830. 

•Cromwell,  1788. 

Britta,  1794,  1824,  30. 


BENJAMIN  DYER  He  was  a  schoolmate  of  the  re- 
nowned Dr.  Benjamin  Franklin.  He  removed  with  his  wife 
from  Boston  to  Hartford,  1735,  and  in  the  year  1745,  remov- 
ed and  settled  in  West  Simsbury,  on  land  now  owned  by 
Luther  Higley,  Esq.,  near  the  south  end  of  what  is  claimed 
to  belong  to  the  parsonage  grant.  He  was  by  trade  a  tallow 


Benjamin  Dyer, 
Margaret  Clap. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1701,  1775,  74.     Born  in  Boston. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Thomas,  1728,  1803,  75.    Married  Azubah  Humphrey. 

Mary.  Married  Elisha  Cornish. 

Benjamin,  1st,  1746.  Died  in  youth. 

Joseph.  Died  in  the  French  War. 

Margaret,  1738,1812.74.    Married  Eliphalet  Curtis. 

John.  1793.  Died  single. 

Sarah,  Married  1st,  John  Hutchinson  ; 

2d,  Mr.  Edson. 

Hannah.  Married  Benjamin  Adams. 

Benjamin,  3d,  1747,  1815,  68.    Married  Anna  Northway. 

Daniel,  1749,  1814,  64.    Married  Sarah  Northway. 

The  second  Benjamin  was  born  November,  1747,  in  the 
house  now  occupied  by  Luther  Higley,  Esq.,  which  shows 
that  house  to  have  been  built  109  years. 

LIEUT.  BENJAMIN  DYER,  son  of  Benjamin  and  Mar- 
garet Dyer,  married  Anna  Northway,  a  sister  to  brother 
Daniel's  wife.  He  resided  most  of  his  life,  with  his  brother 
Daniel,  and  their  farms  were  adjoining  and  interwoven  in 
some  measure  with  each  other. 


Benjamin  Dyer, 
Anna  Northway, 


Born.  Died.  Age. 


1752,  1843,  91. 


Child.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Ralph,  1782,  1841,  59.    Married  Achsah   Bidwell ;   she 

died  December  25,  1840. 

THOMAS  DYEE,  son  of  Benjamin  and  Margaret  Dyer, 
resided  on  land  adjoining  his  father.  He  commenced  about 
the  year  1756.  He  married  Azubah,  daughter  of  Samuel 
Humphrey,  3d. 


Thomas  Dyer, 
Azubah  Humphrey, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1729,  1803,  74. 
1737,  1816,  79. 









Born.  Died.  Age. 

1762,  1819,  57. 



Wife  of  Loam  Nearing. 

Married  Charlotte  Pettibone. 

Married  Ruth  Garrett. 

Married Mallison. 

Married Olmsted. 

Married  Abraham  Wilcox. 

Married  1st,  Frederick  Hum- 
phrey, Jun.;  2d,  Ebenezer 

Married  Clarrissa  Humphrey. 

DANIEL  DYEE  son  of  Benjamin  and  Margaret  Dyer, 
married  Sarah,  daughter  of  Samuel  and  Anna  Northway, 
and  granddaughter  of  the  noted  Mrs.  Sarah  Woodford,  who 
lived  to  be  almost  101  years  old.  He  commenced  family 
state  about  1774,  and  resided  on  the  farm  left  by  his  honored 
father,  Benjamin  Dyer.  Said  premises  are  now  owned  by 
Luther  Higley,  Esq. 


Daniel  Dyer, 
Sarah  North  way, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1749,  1814,  65. 
1748,  1819,  70. 









Born.  Died.  Age. 


Married  Doct.  Enoch  Leavit. . 
Married  Uriah  Hopkins. 
Married  Ashbel  Moses, 
Married  Diantha  Roberts. 
Married  Sarah  Chidsey. 
Married   1st,  Theophilus  Dyer 
3d,  Fisk  Beach. 

They  lost  an  infant  in  1780. 

DOCT.  JOHN  DYEE,  son  of  Benjamin  Dyer  Sen.,  lived 
and  died  single.     He  died  1793. 

SOLOMON  DILL.     He  removed  from  Groton  to  West 
Simsbury  about  the  year  1753.     He  had  one  son  and  three 
daughters.    He  lived  on  the  East  Hill  on  the  farm  adjoining 
the  Kichard  Case  farm,  and    now  known  as  the  Morgan, 
place;  the  house  that  is  now  standing,  was  built  by  him. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Solomon  Dill,  1731,  1800,  69. 

Lydia  Eggleston,  1727,  1789,  62. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Eunice,  1753,  1815,  62.  Married  Uriah  Case. 

Lois,  1759,  1812,  53.  Married  Asa  Case. 

Lydia,  1764,1813,49.  Married  Eber  Humphrey . 

Solomon,  Jun.,  1767. 

DE.    SOLOMON    EVEEEST    was    born    April     llth, 
1760,  and  died  April  3d,  1822,  aged  62  years.     He  married 
Miss  Amelia  Everett,  of  Winchester,  about  the  year  1782,. 
who  was  born,  in  1767,  and  died  October  22d,  1843,  aged 
86  years. 

Dr.  Everest,  was  a  native  of  Salisbury,  Conn.,  where  he 
spent  his  youthful  days.  He  studied  the  medical  profession 
with  Dr.  Everett,  of  Winchester. 

He  first  located,  as  a  physician,  in  the  town  of  Farming- 
ton,  now  Avon,  about  the  year  1782.  In  1796,  he  removed 
to  West  Simsbury,  now  Canton,  where  he  resided  the  re- 
mainder of  his  life.  As  a  citizen,  of  the  town  of  Canton, 
he  hardly  had  his  rival.  He  was  a  member  of  the  conven- 
tion who  formed  the  constitution  of  the  state  of  Connecti- 
cut in  1818,  several  years  judge  of  probate  for  the  district 
of  Simsbury,  representative  in  the  General  Assembly  of 
Connecticut,  all  of  which  civil  appointments  he  discharged 
with  ability,  and  the  strictest  integrity. 

As  a  Christian,  his  character  shone  with  uncommon  lus- 
ter. He  was  religious  without  enthusiasm,  or  austerity,  a 
pillar  of  the  church,  wherein  he  was  located.  For  twenty 
years,  he  officiated  as  deacon  of  the  first  Congregational 
church  in  Canton,  was  deeply  studied  in  theology,  strictly 
orthodox  in  the  sentiments  of  the  denomination  to  which 
he  belonged.  Being  possessed  of  an  ample  fortune  which 
he  acquired  by  persevering  industry,  and  having  no  lineal 
descendants  to  provide  for,  he  was  liberal  in  his  lifetime,  in 
aid  of  religious,  and  charitable  purposes,  and  by  will,  left 
munificent  bequests,  for  the  same  laudable  objects. 

As  a  physician  and  surgeon,  he  had  but  few  equals,  and 
educated  a  number  of  young  men,  who  became  eminent  in 
their  profession.  The  public,  placed  so  much  confidence  in 
his  professional  skill,  it  was  rare  that  further  aid  or  counsel 
was  solicited,  even  in  extreme  cases  under  his  management. 
As  a  man,  he  left  a  distinguished  mark,  upon  the  age  in 
which  he  lived,  and  his  death,  was  considered  an  irreparable 
loss,  to  the  town  of  Canton,  and  its  vicinity. 

The  following  incident,  which  occurred  during  his  medi- 
'cal  practice,  to  some  may  appear  bordering  on  the  ludicrous, 
but  as  it  may  serve  to  illustrate  the  happy  expedients  he 
could  command,  when  necessary,  is  the  apology  for  its  inser- 
tion here. 

On  a  certain  occasion,  he  was  called  in  great  haste,  to 


attend  to  the  case  of  a  young  girl,  belonging  to  a  somewhat 
marvelous,  and  eccentric  family  residing  on  the  borders  of  a 
neighboring  town,  who  was  laboring  under  the  dire  malady 
of  witchcraft.  On  repairing  to  the  house  where  the  scenes 
were  enacting,  he  found  the  patient  lying  on  a  bed  surround- 
ed by  her  parents,  and  grandparents  who  were  in  the  greatest 
consternation  at  what  was  passing  before  them,  and  who  pa- 
thetically implored  the  doctor,  if  possible,  to  do  something  to 
alleviate  the  sufferings  of  the  youthful  patient.  On  inquiring 
into  the  symptoms,  of  the  case,  it  appeared,  the  witches  would 
torment  her  by  violently  pinching  her  arms  and  limbs,  so  that 
frequently,  she  would  cry  out  in  agony,  the  witches  were 
pinching  her,  and  on  removing  the  clothing  from  her  limbs,, 
visible  marks  of  violent  pinches  would  appear  on  the  flesh. 

The  doctor  in  the  meantime,  kept  a  sharp  lookout,  and 
came  to  the  conclusion  that  the  girl  was  the  author  of  her 
troubles.  For  instance,  when  he  was  closely  observing  her,, 
the  witches  would  refrain  from  pinching,  but  if  he  chanced 
to  leave  the  room,  they  would  commence  with  renewed  vigor. 

Now  for  the  remedy.  He  quietly  remarked  to  the  patient, 
that  witchcraft  was  no  uncommon  complaint;  that  he  had 
read  and  studied  into  the  disorder.  It  was  curable,  and  he 
could  cure  it.  Two  ways  would  accomplish  the  object ;. 
either  burning  or  drowning  the  witches  would  be  effec- 
tive. He  ordered  a  large  cistern  to  be  filled  with  water,  and 
the  sufferer,  to  be  immersed  in  it,  when  the  witches  should 
again  attack  her.  The  operation  was  carried  into  effect;  the. 
first  and  second  time,  the  witches  became  less  and  less  fre- 
quent. Before  the  doctor  left,  he  enjoined  on  the  parents  to 
continue  the  remedy,  whenever  the  witches  should  make  their 
appearance.  On  the  doctors  retiring,  he  remarked  to  his  pa- 
tient, if  the  water  did  not  effect  a  cure,  he  had  a  large  witch 
iron  at  home,  he  could  bring,  and  by  heating  it  red  hot  and 
appling  it  to  the  place  affected  he  could  burn  the  witches 
out  of  her,  and  fully  accomplish  a  cure.  She  listened  to 
his  remarks  with  the  most  profound  attention  and  eventual- 
ly came  to  the  conclusion,  that  the  doctor's  remedy,  was. 
worse  than  the  disease. 


On  the  succeeding  day  but  one,  anxious  to  learn  the  re- 
sult of  his  prescriptions,  he  directed  two  of  his  students  to 
make  a  casual  call  at  the  residence  of  the  patient,  and  report 

It  is  needless  to  add,  they  returned  with  the  joyful  tid- 
ings, the  patient  was  well,  and  peace  and  quiet  was  restored 
to  the  afflicted  family. 

EATON,  with   his   wife,   resided   on   a  location 

between  the  family  of  Everest  Case  and  sons,  and  Newell 
Miner.  They  left  Canton  about  A.  D.  1790,  and  went  on 
to  a  farm  in  the  north  part  of  Burlington,  where  he  spent 
the  remainder  of  his  life.  But  little  is  known  to  the  writer 
respecting  this  family.  Among  his  children  were  Samuel, 
Westover  and  Lorana ;  she  connected  in  marriage  with  Levi 
Humphrey,  son  of  Michael  Humphrey,  of  Simsbury. 

URIAH  EDGECOMB,  married  Anna,  daughter  of  Jacob 
Eeed ;  was  the  first  resident  on  the  premises  and  erected 
the  house  which  was  for  many  years  the  residence  of  the  late 
Elihu  Olmsted  and  sons;  the  names  of  his  children  but  little 
known.  Among  them  were  the  wife  of  Josiah  Russell,  John, 
the  wife  of  the  late  Erastus  Daily,  and  Uriah,  Jun.  There 
may  have  been  others.  He  died  about  A.  D.  1810. 

JOHN  FOX  was  an  early  owner  and  resident  in  the 
house,  and  on  the  land  now  owned  by  the  family  of  the  late 
Robert  Case,  Jun.,  deceased,  adjoining  the  Ward  farm.  It 
was  understood  in  the  early  part  of  the  life  of  the  writer  that 
he  brought  up  the  young  man  that  bore  the  name  of  John 
F.  Frazier,  who  married  Deliverance,  daughter  of  Josiah 
Clarke,  who  died  in  a  time  of  distressing  sickness  in  1779. 
Very  little  is  now  known  to  the  writer  concerning  that  family. 



The  compiler  of  the  annexed  statistics  of  the  Foote  fam- 
ily, is  much  indebted  to  Nathaniel  Goodwin,  Esq.,  in  his 
excellent  collection  on  Foote  genealogy,  published  in  Hart- 
ford, 1849. 

NATHANIEL  FOOTE  (of  whom  Capt.  John  Foote,  an 
early  settler  of  West  Simsbury,  was  a  descendant  of  the  fifth 
generation)  was  born  in  England,  in  1593.  At  the  age  of 
twenty-two  years  he  married  Elizabeth  Doming. 

The  precise  year  of  his  arrival  in  America  is  not  definitely 
known.  The  first  mention  of  his  name  occurs  in  the  re- 
cords of  Massachusetts  Bay,  1633,  when  he  was  admitted  a 
freeman.  In  1636,  we  find  him  a  resident  of  Wethers- 
field.  He  had  seven  children,  and  died  1644,  aged  51  years. 
His  widow  married  Thomas  Willis,  a  magistrate,  and  after- 
ward governor  of  the  colony,  whom  she  survived.  She  died 
July  28th,  1683,  aged  88  years. 


Elizabeth,  born  about  1616,  in  England. 

Nathaniel,  born  about  1620,  in  England. 

Mary,  born  about  1623,  in  England. 

Robert  born  about  1627,  in  England. 

Francis,  born  about  1629,  in  England. 

Sarah,  born  about  1632,  in  England. 

Rebecca,  born  about  1634,  in  America. 

NATHANIEL  FOOTE,  of  Wethersfield,  married   Eliz- 
abeth   ,  1640,  and  died  1655,  aged  34  years. 


Nathaniel,  born  January  10,  1647. 

Samuel,  born  May           1,  1649. 

Daniel,  born  May           1,  1652. 

Elizabeth,  born  May          1,  1654. 

SAMUEL  FOOTE,  of  Hatfield,  was  married  to  Mary 
Merrick,  of  Springfield,  in  the  same  State,  1671.  He  died 
September  7th,  1689,  aged  40  years.  His  widow,  Mary 
Foote,  died  October  3d,  1690. 


Nathaniel,          born  1672. 

Mary,  born  July  9,1674.    She  died  in  childhood . 

Samuel,  born  Slain     by     the    Indians     at 

Deerfield,  February  29th, 


Mary,  born  February,  28,  1680. 

Sarah,  born  February,  26,  1682. 

Eleazor,  born  September,  5,  1684. 

Thomas,  born  November,  24, 1686. 

Daniel  born  February.     6.  1689.     Killed  by  falling  from  a  load 

of  hay. 

DANIEL  FOOTE.  first  of  Hartford,  was  married  to 
Mary  Collyer,  November  19th,  1718.  He  removed  to  Dun- 
caster,  Simsbury,  where  he  purchased  an  extensive  farm 
and  resided  on  it  the  remainder  of  his  life. 

While  descending  from  a  load  of  hay  he  fell  to  the  ground 
forward  of  the  wheels;  the  cattle  took  fright,  went  forward, 
the  wheels  passing  over  him,  caused  his  death  about  one 
hour  thereafter,  July  15th,  1740.  His  widow,  Mrs.  Mary 
Foote,  died  June,  1769.  aged  71.  She  died  at  the  residence 
of  her  son,  Capt  John  Foote,  in  West  Simsbury,  and  was 
interred  in  the  North  burying-ground. 


Samuel,  born  October  4,  1719,  in  Hartford. 

Mary,  born  November  20,  1721,  in  Simsbury. 
Daniel,  the 

pioneer,  born  April  27,  1724,  in  Simsbury. 

Joseph,  born  February  17,  1727,  in  Simsbury. 



born  March, 


Died  January  21st,  1737. 

CAPT.  JOHN  FOOTE.  He  removed  from  Duncaster,  in 
the  old  parish,  about  the  year  1753.  He  was  twice  married; 
first  to  Rosanna  Humphrey,  daughter  of  Jonathan  Hum- 
phrey, of  the  same  town,  in  1753.  Mrs.  Rosanna  Foote  died 
October  10th,  1793,  aged  62  years.  His  second  wife  was  Mary 
Fowler,  of  Salem,  and  she  survived  him.  He  resided  on  the 
farm  now  owned  and  occupied  by  William  E.  Brown,  near 
the  intersection  of  the  roads,  and  about  twenty-five  rods 
south-west  of  the  present  house. 

Capt.  John  Foote  died  Sept.  15th,  1812,  aged  82  years 
He  had  children  only  by  his  first  wife. 



Rosanna,      born    October  14,  1754. 

John,  Jun.,  born  January  9,  1760. 

Luther,         born    March  5,  1761. 

Lucretia,      born    October  28,  1763. 

Rachel,         born   November  27,  1766. 

Hilpah  Ro- 

siette,        born  October  18,  1772. 

Married  Ephraim  Mills;: 
died  October  23d,  1814, 
aged  62. 

Married  Lois  Mills,  died 
June  13th,  1803,  aged  42. 

Married  1st,  Temperance 
Hays;  2d,  Anna  Bronson; 
died  March  5th,  1834, 
aged  74. 

Married  1st,  Elias  Case;  2d, 
Dudley  Case:  died  Octo- 
ber 1st,  1844,  aged  80. 

Married  Dan  Case;  died 
August,  1784,  aged  18. 

Married  Lawton  Marcy;. 
died  March,  1846,  aged 



Number  of  children  seven.  Capt.  John  Foote  was  a 
man  of  robust  constitution,  an  incessant  laborer  and  farmer 
through  life. 

JOHN  FOOTE,  JUN.,  was  married  to  Lois,  daughter  of 
Dea.  Benjamin  Mills,  of  that  part  of  the  ancient  town  of 
New  Hartford,  now  forming  part  of  the  town  of  Canton. 
He  settled,  and  remained  through  life,  on  the  farm  now 
owned  and  occupied  by  his  son,  Dea.-Lancel  Foote. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

John  Foote,  Jttn., 
Lois  Mills, 


An  infant. 







John  Stiles, 

1760,  1803,  42. 
1762,  1802,  39. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1784,  1789,  6. 
1786,  1855,  69. 


1795,  1837,  42. 
1797,  1798. 
1799,  1839,  40. 


Died  suddenly. 

Married  Louis  M.   Norton,  of 


Married  Clarinda  Barber. 
Married  Laura  Humphrey. 
Married  Pamela  B.   Townsend, 

of  Albany. 
Married  Luke  Barber. 

Married    Chester    Wadsworth, 

of  Becket,  Mass. 
Married     Margaret   Todd,    of 



SAMUEL  TULLEB  married  Sarah,  daughter  of  John 
Mills,  about  the  year  1715;  they  had  three  sons,  viz.,  Sam- 
uel, Joseph  and  Isaac,  the  latter  born  fatherless.  The  wid- 
ow afterward  married  Francis  Garrett,  a  Frenchman,  by 
whom  she  had  five  children. 


Children-  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Sarah,  1723,  1821,  98.    Married  Oliver  Humphrey. 

Susannah,  1725,  1805,  80.     Married  William  Woodford. 

John,  1727. 

Francis,  1729.  Married      Ruth,      daughter    of 

Capt.  James  Case. 
Anna,  1731.  Married  1st,  James  Northway; 

2d,  John  Phelps, 

The  first  Francis  Garrett,  died  1731,  and  his  widow  mar- 
ried Capt.  Joseph  "Woodford,  with  whom  she  lived  the 
remainder  of  his  life.  After  his  death  in  1744,  she  spent  the 
remainder  of  her  days  with  Mr.  William  Woodford,  son  of 
Capt.  Joseph  Woodford,  who  married  her  daughter  Susan- 
nah, in  1745.  She  lived  until  1797,  and  died  in  her  101st 
year.  Maj.  John  Garrett,  her  son,  removed  to  Wyoming, 
in  Pennsylvania,  where  he  was  killed  in  a  battle  with  the 
Indians.  His  widow  with  other  women  and  children,  escap- 
ed the  death  by  which  the  men  had  fallen,  by  fleeing  (as 
they  were  instructed)  to  a  raft  that  lay  in  the  Susquehannah 
river,  and  floating  down  the  stream,  but  their  property  was 
all  destroyed  that  could  be,  by  the  Indians. 

FRANCIS  GAEEETT,  2o,  with  his  wife,  Euth  Case, 
daughter  of  Capt.  James  Case,  and  sister  of  Capt.  Josiah 
Case,  settled  in  West  Simsbury,  in  1746,  on  lands  at 
the  confluence  of  the  Albany  and  Litchfield  turnpike,  west 
of  the  William  Stone  buildings.  He  was  a  blacksmith  by 
trade.  He  died  of  consumption.  His  widow  was  married 
to  Gideon  Case. 

Parents.  Born.  Died,  Age. 

Francis  Garret,  1729. 

Ruth  Case. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Rufus,  1st,  1754,  1760,    6. 

Ruth,  1756.  Married  Uzziah  Dyer. 

Francis,  1759. 


Eufus,  2d, 


Ruth,  2d, 

1762,  1831,  69.  Married  1st,  Chloe  Hills;  3d, 
Mary  Tuller;  3d,  Charlotte 

1764,  1838,  74.  Married  Miriam  Case,  daugh- 
ter of  Isaac  Case;  died  1847, 
aged  77. 

1767.  Married  Apphia  Hill;  died 

1839,  aged  75. 


1772.  Married  Thomas  Dyer,   Jun. 

DR.  ELISHA  GEAHAM.  He  came  from  Wintonbury, 
now  Bloomfield,  with  his  wife,  Anna  Humphrey,  daughter 
of  Thomas  Humphrey,  2d,  to  West  Simsbury  in  the  year 
1753,  and  settled  on  the  farm  now  owned  and  occupied  by 
Watson  Case,  1st.  There  were  six  children  in  this  family. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Elisha  Graham,  1734,  1805,  72. 

Anna  Humphrey.         1734,  1793,  59.     Daughter     of    Thomas    Hum- 
phrey, 2d. 




Born.  Died.  Age. 

1753.  Married  Hannah  Merritt. 

1756.  Married  Saphira  Owen. 

1762,  1819,  55.  Married     1st,     Lydia    Phelps: 

2d,  Lydia  May. 
1766,  1766. 

1769,  1827,  58.  Married  Ashbel  Graham. 

ISAAC  GEAHAM,  a  brother  of  Elisha  settled  on  what 
is  called  the  Cook  farm,  on  Bald  Hill,  about  the  year  1752. 

•Freeman  Graham  oscasioned  his  own  death  by  stabbing  himself  with  a  butcher 
knife,  August  1st,  1817,  and  died  August  2d. 



Isaac  Graham, 
Sarah  Moses. 


Isaac,  Jun. 




Timothy,  1st, 



Timothy,  2d. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 
1728,  1807,  79. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1768,  1775,     7. 

Married  Thomas  Caverlee. 

Married  Seba  Moses. 

Married  Thomas  Sanford,  Jun. 

Married  Ruth  Wilcox. 
Married  Elijah  Arnold. 

DANIEL  GEAHAM,  a  brother  to  Isaac  and  Elista,  with 
his  first  wife,  Zerviah  Moses,  came  and  settled  on  the  place 
now  (1855)  owned  by  Chester  Case,  about  the  year  1756. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 
1736,  1827,     91. 

Daniel  Graham, 

1st  wife,  Zerviah 
Moses,  1740,  1763,     23. 

2d  wife,  Lois  Phelps,   1747,  1776,    29. 

3d   wife,   Anna    Rob- 
erts. 1748,  1821,    73. 


Born.  Died. 


Daniel,  Jun., 

1759,  1808, 





Married  Michael  Segar. 


1767,  1813, 


Married  Roxana  Case. 


1768,  1813, 


Married  Anna  Graham. 


Married  Unice  Gains. 



Married  Amos  Edgerton, 



Married  Hilpah  Roby. 

MOSES  GAINES,  with  his  wife  Lucy,  daughter  of 
Thomas  and  Elizabeth  Barber,  commenced  their  family 
state  about  A.  D.  1762.  They  resided  on  the  farm  now 


owned  by  Henry  Barber,  till  about  A.  D.  1775.  Mr.  John 
Barber,  Jun.,  then  became  the  owner  of  that  farm,  and  Mr. 
Gaines  rented  the  farm  of  Ephraim  Buell's  heirs,  till  1784, 
when  he  went  to  the  north  part  of  New  Hartford,  on  the 
east  river,  where  he  spent  the  remainder  of  his  days. 


Moses  Gaines,* 
Lucy  Barber, 


Moses.  Jun., 









Born.  Died.  Age. 

1731,  1817.    86. 
1742,  1831,    89. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 


1849,  87. 



1774,  1845,   71. 




Married  Hannah  Miller. 
Married  Elijah  Simons. 
Married     1st,  James    Simons, 

2d, Loomis. 

Married  1st,  Jemmy  Graham; 

2d,  Daniel  Pettibone. 
Married  Levi  Hart. 
Married  Susan  Miller. 
Married  Anna  Warner. 
Married  Richard  Case,  5th. 
Married  Jehiel  Wilcox. 

PHILIP  HAKRIS,  with  his  wife  Ehoda,  resided  on  the 
premises  now  owned  by  Lucian  Bidwell,  and  was  its  first 
owner.  They  were  the  parents  of  the  wife  of  Asher  Hin- 
man,  whose  given  name  was  Mary,  and  also  the  wife  of  the 
late  Capt.  Amaziah  Humphrey,  of  Simsbury.  Their  farm 
became  the  property  of  Asher  Hinman  and  wife  and  from 
them  passed  into  the  hands  of  Thomas  Bidwell,  Jun. 

JOHN  HILL,  JUN.,  son  of  John  Hill,  Sen.,  with  his  first 
wife,  Isabel  Alford,  settled  in  1740,  in  the  East  Hill  school 
district.  They  resided  on  the  farm  now  owned  by  Nelson 
Aldridge.  They  had  by  the  first  marriage  one  son  and  two 

*  Of  this  family,  Moses,  Jun..  and  his  wife,  also  Eunice,  Elizabeth  and  Enoch, 
are  still  living- 


daughters;  the  daughters  were  married  to  two  men  by  the 
name  of  Covey,  of  the  religious  order  of  the  Seventh  Day 
Baptists;  they  settled  in  Burlington.  For  second  wife  he 
married  Isabel,  a  daughter  of  Thomas  Eggleston.  They 
had  six  more  children. 


John  Hill,  Jun., 

1st  wife,  Isabel  Alford. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1725,  1795,  70. 

3d    wife,    Isabel    Eg- 

Children  by  1st  wife. 

John, 3d, 



1733,  1818,  85. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

Daughter    of 
ford,  Sen. 

Nathaniel     Al- 

Married  Mary  Case. 
Married  Mr.  Covey. 
Married  Mr.  Covey. 

Children  by  2d  wife. 







Born.  Died.  Age. 


1767.  1852,  85. 
1827,  57. 

Married  Miss  Kilby. 
Married  Esther  Tuller. 
Married  Rufua  Garrett. 
Married  Jabez  O.  Gleason. 
Married  Thaddeus  Tuller. 
Married  Nahum  Barber. 

DAKIUS  HILL,  son  of  John  Hill,  Sen.,  and  half  brother 
of  John  Hill,  Jun.  He  married  Lois,  daughter  of  Benoni 
Moses.  They  resided  on  the  East  Hill,  on  the  premises, 
which  after  his  death  were  owned  and  occupied  by  the  late 
Titus  Case,  deceased.  They  had  four  sons  and  three  daugh- 
ters. The  sons  all  died  in  early  life;  the  three  youngest, 
with  one  grandchild  died  in  the  beginning  of  the  winter 
1798-9,  together  with  the  father,  in  the  short  time  of  little 
more  than  one  month;  all  of  dysentery. 


Darius  Hill, 

Lois  Moses, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1749,  1799,    50. 


Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Lois,  about  1770.  Married  Theodore  Shelden. 

Darius,  Jun.,  1772,  1788,   16.    Died  of  Consumption, 

Sarah.  Married  Frederick  Sheldon. 

Arden,  1776,  1799,  23.    Died   in    the     western    army; 

drowned  by  failing  through 

the  ice. 

Elias,  1798. 

Asa,  1798, 

The  mother  and  her  three  daughters,  left  the  town  near 
the  beginning  of  the  present  century,  and  but  little  is  now 
known  respecting  the  family. 

ASHEK  HINMAN,  with  his  wife  Mary,  daughter  of 
Philip  Harris,  resided  on  the  farm  now  owned  by  Lucian 
Bidwell,  in  the  fore  part  of  their  family  state  till  about  the 
year  1786.  They  then  removed  to  the  west  side  of  the  river, 
where  they  lived  the  remainder  of  their  lives. 


Asher  Hinman, 
Mary  Harris, 






Philip  Harris. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1741,  1809,  68. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1771,  1848, 



Married  Uriah  Beach. 
Married  Polly  Hinman. 
Married  Anna  Mills,  daughter 
of  Moses  Mills. 
Married  Moses  Mills,  Jun. 

Married  Elias  Mills. 
Married  Polly  Richards. 
Married  Eunice  Alderman. 

OLIVEE  HUMPHBEY,  ESQ.,  the  first  magistrate  in 
West  Simsbury,  was  son  of  Jonathan  Humphrey,  who  was 
born  in  1688.  Jonathan  Humphrey  was  son  of  the  first 
Samuel.  Oliver  Humphrey,  Esq.,  was  brother  to  Jonathan 
and  Solomon.  He  removed  to  West  Simsbury  about  1742, 
and  resided  on  the  premises  lately  owned  by  William  Stone, 
Esq.,  Suffrage  Tillage.  He  had  eleven  children  who  lived 
to  adult  years,  four  sons  and  seven  daughters,  eight  of 
whom  connected  in  life  and  had  children.  The  family  were 
considered  as  conspicuous  members  in  the  community. 


Oliver  Humphrey, 
Sarah  Garret, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1720,  1792,    72. 
1723,  1821,   98. 





Oliver,  Jun. 







Born.  Died.  Age. 

1744,  1795,   59. 


1800,  64. 

1822,  74. 

1776,  26. 

1776,  24. 

1830,  76. 

1831,  75. 
1826,  68. 
1826,  65. 

1763,  1808,   45. 
1765,  1848,   83. 

Married  1st,  Abraham  Case, 
Jr. ,  Rev.  Abraham  Fowler. 

Married  Bildad  Barber. 

Married  Gideon  Mills,  Jr. 

Died  in  the  army. 

Died  in  the  army. 

Married  Anna  Humphrey. 

Married  George  Humphrey. 

Married  Chloe  Humphrey. 

Married  Rev.  Jeremiah  Hal- 

Married  Eber  Alford. 

Married  Thomas  Bidwell,  Jun 

MAJ.  EEUBEN  HUMPHBEY,  third  son  of  Oliver  Hum- 
phrey, Esq.,  married  Anna,  daughter  of  Capt.  Ezekiel  Hum- 
phrey. He  resided  on  the  premises  and  erected  the  dwell' 
ing-house  at  the  junction  of  the  roads  west  of  the  William 

Stone  place.     The  house  is  now  owned  by . 

He  was  a  man  of  fine  native   talents,    and   useful    attain- 

ments,   such  as  go  to  make  up  a  useful  citizen. 

He  was 


early  in  life  appointed  to  the  office  of  justice  of  the  peace, 
and  also  filled  various  posts  of  high  responsibility  and 
honor,  both  in  his  native,  and  adopted  state.  He  sustained 
the  rank  of  major  in  the  militia,  and  was  keeper  of  the 
Newgate  prison  for  five  years.  He,  in  1802,  removed  to 
Onondaga  county  in  the  State  of  New  York,  where  he 
shared  largely  in  the  confidence  of  his  fellow-citizens. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Reuben  Humphrey,      1754,  1830,   76. 
Anna  Humphrey,          1758,  1826,   68. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Guy.  1807,  1807. 

Reuben,  Jun. 


CAPT.  ASHER  HUMPHREY,  fourth  son  of  Oliver  Hum- 
phrey, Esq.,  married  Chloe,  daughter  of  Capl  Ezekiel  Hum- 
phrey. He  resided  on  the  premises,  and  erected  the  dwell- 
ing-house now  owned  by  Pomeroy  Higley. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Asher  Humphrey,         1758,  1826,   68. 
Chloe  Humphrey,         1762,  1813,   51. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age- 

Oliver.  Married  Rhoda  Woodford. 

Erastus.  Married  Anna  London. 









SOLOMON  HUMPHREY,  SEN.  He  was  brother  of 
Jonathan  and  Oliver,  and  removed  from  the  old  parish  to 
West  Simsbury,  about  the  year  1742.  He  settled  on  the 
premises  now  occupied  by  Everest  Case  and  sons,  and  little 
to  the  south-east  of  the  present  house. 


Solomon  Humphrey, 
Naomi  Higley, 




Born.  Died.  Age. 

1722,  1798,    76. 
1726,  1817,   91. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1749,  1816,   69.  Married  Andrew  Mills. 

1747,  1751,     4.  Died  in  youth. 

1751,  1802,   51.  Married  Lucy  Case. 

1752,  1834,   81.  Father  of  Rev.  Heman  Hum- 

phrey, late  president  of 
Amherst  College.  Married 
1st,  Lucy  Case,  daughter  of 
Ezekiel  Case;  2d,  Hannah 

1758,  1812,   52. 

Married  daughter  of  Ephraim 
Barber;  now  living,  1856. 


MICHAEL  HUMPHREY,*  of  Windsor,  was  the  ances- 
tor of  the  Humphreys  in  this  region.  He  married  Priscilla 
Grant,  in  the  year  1647.  Their  children  were  John,  born 
1650  ;  Mary,  born  1652;  Samuel,  born  1656 ;  Martha,  born 
1663  ;  Sarah,  born  1658  ;  Abigail,  born  1665  ;  Hannah,  born 

LIEUT.  SAMUEL  HUMPHREY,   son   of    Michael    and 
Priecilla  Humphrey,  was  born  1656,  and  died  1736.      Their 

*  His  descendants,  are  scattered  through  the  Northern  and  Western  States. 


children  were  Samuel,  Jonathan,  Charles,  Noah,  Mary,  Eliz- 
abeth and  Abigail. 

The  first  Jonathan  Humphrey,  son  of  Lieut.  Samuel  Hum- 
phrey, married  Mercy  Buggies,  daughter  of  the  Eev.  Mr. 
Kuggles,  of  fcrafiield.  Their  children  were  Jonathan,  Mercy* 
married  Dea.  Michael  Humphrey,  Oliver,  Solomon,  Esther, 
who  married  John  Owen,  Apphia,  married  John  Higley,  and 
Rosanna,  married  John  Foot. 

RUGGLES  HUMPHREY,  son  of  Solomon  Humphrey, 
Sen.  He  received  his  given  name  probably  to  honor  and 
perpetuate  the  name  of  his  grandmother,  Mercy,  the  daugh- 
ter of  the  Rev.  Mr.  Ruggles,  of  Suffield.  He  married  Lucy 
the  daughter  of  Amos  Case,  Sen.  They  had  no  children. 
He  resided  on  the  premises  now  owned  by  Roswell  Barnes, 
lying  in  the  East  Hill  school-district.  He  gave  part  of  the 
farm  he  left,  to  the  Connecticut  Missionary  Society.  He 
was  born  1751;  died  1802,  aged  51.  His  wife  Lucy,  born 
1752,  died  1837,  aged  85. 

SOLOMON  HUMPHREY,  JUN.,  son  of  Solomon  and 
Naomi  Humphrey,  married  for  his  first  wife,  Lucy,  daughter 
of  Ezekiel  and  Lucy  Case,  A.  D.  1772,  and  for  his  second 
wife  Hannah,  daughter  of  Capt.  John  and  Mrs.  Hannah 
Brown,  married  1778. 

He  resided  the  first  twelve  years  of  his  family  state  with 
his  father  on  the  place  now  owned  by  Levi,  2d,  and  Orestus 
Case,  in  the  East  Hill  school-district  near  the  confines  of 
Simsbury,  until  the  year  1785.  He  then  removed  to  Bur- 
lington, and  there  resided  until  1813,  and  then  removed  to 
Barkharnpstead  where  he  resided  the  remainder  of  his  life. 
He  had  two  children  by  his  first  wife,  and  thirteen  by  his 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Solomon  Humphrey,     1752,  1834.  81. 
1st  wife,  Lucy  Case,     1754,  1776,   22. 


2d      wife, 



Solomon,  Jun., 












1758.  1825,   66. 
Born.  Died.  Age, 

1772,  1855,  82. 
1774,  1830,  56. 

1781,  1809,   28. 

1784,  1784. 

1786,  1786. 

1787,  1788. 

1791,  1791. 

Late  president  of  Amherst 
College;  married  Sophia, 
daughter  of  Dea.  Noah  Por- 
ter, of  Farmington. 

Jason  Squires'  2d  wife. 

Married  1st,  Sarah  H.  Lawton; 
2d,  widow  Julia  B. 

Married  Harvey  Webster. 

Married  Henry  Barber. 
Married  Alson  Barber. 
Married  Sidney  Hart. 

CAPT.  EZEKIEL  HUMPHEEY,  SEN.,  son  of  Samuel 
Humphrey,  2d.  Capt.  Ezekiel,  was  grandson  of  the  first 
Samuel  Humphrey  in  the  line  of  Samuel  Humphrey.  He 
removed  from  the  old  parish  to  West  Simsbury  in  1743, 
and  settled  on  the  parsonage  lot  now  owned  by  Dr.  B.  A. 
Kasson.  He  had  ten  children,  five  sons  and  five  daughters,, 
all  of  whom  married  and  had  children,  except  Lydia. 


Ezekiel  Humphrey, 
Elizabeth  Pettibone, 



Born.  Died.  Age. 

1720,  1795,    75. 
1724,  1792,    68. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1746,  1802,   56. 
1748,  1788,   40. 

•  Scott. 

Married  - 

Married  Chloe  Wilcox. 






1750,  1808,  58.  Married  1st  Daniel  Case,  Jun.; 
2d,  Elisha  Case. 

1753,  1821,   68.    Married  Ruth  Teller. 

1756,  1813,  57.  Married  1st,  Elizabeth  Petti- 
bone;  3d.  Rachel  Hum- 

1758,  1826,   68.     Married  Reuben  Humphrey. 

1760,  1816,  56.  Married  Elizabeth,  daughter 
of  Dea,  Abraham  Case. 

1762,  1813,   51.    Married  Asher  Humphrey. 

1767.  Married  Sylvanus    Humphrey, 

1769.  Married  1st.  Alexander  Petti- 

bone;  2d,  Samuel  Web- 

CAPT.   EZEKIEL    HUMPHREY,  JUN.,  with    his  wife, 

Scott,  settled  in  family  state  about .     He  was 

a  sea-captain,  and  of  course  was  absent  from  his  native 
town  a  great  part  of  the  prime  of  life.  They  had  two  sons 
and  one  daughter.  He  died  in  1802,  aged  56. 

CAPT.  ELIJAH  HUMPHREY,  son  of  Capt.  Ezekiel 
Humphrey,  Sen.,  and  Brother  to  Capt.  Ezekiel  Humphrey, 
Jun.  He  was  also  a  sea-captain.  He  married  Chloe, 
daughter  of  Ephraim  Wilcox.  They  had  one  son  Allen, 

who  in removed  from  this  town;  one  daughter,  Chloe, 

died  of  scarlet  fever  in  1793,  aged  eleven  years,  and  one 
son  died  in  1778,  aged  five  years,  and  a  double  monument 
was  erected  to  their  memory  in  the  South  burying-ground, 
by  their  older  brother  Allen  at  the  age  of  twenty-four  years. 
The  father  was  lost  at  sea  in  the  year  1788,  aged  forty-two. 
The  widow  afterward  married  James  Olcott. 


CAPT.  FREDERICK  HUMPHREY,  son  of  Capi  Eze- 
kiel  Humphrey  and  of  the  fourth  degree  in  descent  from  the 
first  Michael  Humphrey,  of  Windsor.  He  married  Ruth 
Tuller,  daughter  of  Ensign  Isaac  Tuller.  He  resided  in  the 
early  part  of  his  family  state,  in  the  north-west  part  of 
Avon,  then  called  Whortlebury  Hill,  until  1789,  when  he 
built  the  most  ancient  house  now  standing  in  Collinsville, 
where  he  resided  the  remainder  of  his  life.  For  many  of 
the  last  years  of  his  life,  he  was  the  owner  of  about  four- 
fifths  of  the  land  on  both  sides  of  the  river  where  the  village 
of  Collinsville  is  now  situated. 

He  was  a  man  of  stately  and  robust  frame,  with  strength 
and  resolution  in  proportion  to  it.  In  the  year  1792,  he,  in 
company  with  his  brother,  Col.  George  Humphrey,  erected 
a  forge  for  the  manufacture  of  iron.  It  was  situated  on  the 
then  east  branch  of  the  river,  at  or  very  near  the  site  of  the 
old  stone  shop  that  has  a  steeple  and  bell.  It  was  so  much 
damaged  by  the  Jefferson  flood,  so  called,  in  1801,  that  it 
went  into  decay  from  about  that  time,  and  was  swept  off 
by  the  great  flood  of  1804.  A  grist-mill  and  saw-mill  were 
afterward  erected  there,  but  were  both  removed  in  1827,  or 
soon  after,  to  make  room  for  the  manufacturing  establish- 
ment of  the  Collins  Co. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Frederick  Humphrey,  1753,  1821,  68. 

Ruth  Teller,  1755,  1818,  63. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Frederick,  Jun..  1775,1830,55.  Married  Alia  Dyer. 

Isaac,  1777,  1856,  79.  Married  Miss  Boughton. 

Alexander,  1778,  1850,  72.  Married     Boxy      R.      Brown; 

died  1855. 

Ruth,  1783.  Married  Luke  Hayden. 

Rufus,  1785.  Married  Lucinda  Woodford. 

Sylvester,  1786.  Married  Phebe  Bidwell. 

Zada,  1790,  1818,  28.  Elias  Woodford's  first  wife. 

Romanta,  1788.  Married  Huldah  Woodford. 

Fanny,  1793.  Elias  Woodford's  second  wife. 

Correl,  1795,  1835,  40.  Married  Almira  Humphrey. 


COL.  GEORGE  HUMPHEEY,  a  son  of  Capt.  Ezekiel 
and  Elizabeth  Humphrey.  His  ancestry,  from  the  first 
settlers  in  Windsor,  was  as  follows,  viz.:  first  Michael,  sec- 
ond Samuel  1st,  third  Samuel  2d,  fourth  Ezekiel  1st.  He 
was  a  prominent  and  worthy  citizen  in  the  various  depart- 
ments of  public  and  private  life.  He  bore  a  part  in  the 
Revolutionary  war  in  early  life.  He  possessed  to  a  good 
degree  the  confidence  of  his  fellow-citizens.  He  honorably 
filled  various  offices  in  the  military  department  in  the  prime 
of  life.  At  the  time  of  his  decease  he  was  in  the  capacity 
of  justice  of  the  peace,  judge  of  probate,  and  member  of  the 
state  legislature.  He  resided  on  the  parsonage  farm  left 
by  his  father.  He  was  connected  with  his  brother  Fred- 
erick, in  the  building  and  ownership  of  the  forge  which 
was  built  in  1792. 

He  married  for  his  first  wife,  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Capt. 
Abraham  Pettibone,  and  granddaughter  of  Samuel  Petti- 
bone,  Jun.  For  his  second  wife,  he  married  Rachel,  daugh- 
ter of  Oliver  Humphrey,  Esq. 


George  Humphrey, 
Elizabeth  Pettibone, 
Rachel  Humphrey, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1756,  1813,  57. 
1756,  1784,  28. 
1756,  1831,  75, 


George,  Jun., 








Born.  Died.  Age. 

1778,  1779,  1. 

1782,  1836,  54. 

1783,  1784,     1. 



1790,    1846,  56. 




Married  Elisha  Dyer. 
Married    1st,    Candace 
3d,  Lois  Woodford. 


Married  1st,  Dudley  Hum- 
phrey . 

Married  Abraham  Griswold. 

Married  Laura  Adams. 

Married  1st,  Lester  Cone. 

Married  Ralph  Meecham. 

Married  Lancel  Foote. 

President  of  the  college  at 
Annapolis,  Maryland. 


SAMUEL  HUMPHBEY,  the  third  of  the  name  of  Sam- 
uel. He  married  Mary  Wilcox,  in  1734,  a  twin  to  Nathan- 
iel Wilcox.  He  removed  from  the  Old  Parish  to  West 
Simsbury  about  the  year  1741.  He  was  born  in  1710;  sup- 
posed to  have  died  about  1760;  aged  about  fifty  years. 
Mary  his  wife,  was  born  1719;  died  1756,  aged  37.  He  re- 
sided on  or  near  the  site  now  occupied  by  Pomeroy  Higley. 
They  had  six  children,  three  sons,  and  three  daughters,  who 
all  lived  to  connect  in  life,  and  have  children;  whether  any 
died  in  early  life  is  not  known. 








Born.  Died.  Age. 

1734,  1804,  70. 
1737,  1816,  79. 
1740,  1821,  81. 
1742,  1773,  81. 
1744,  1826,  82. 
1746,  1830,  84. 

Married  Prudence  Mills. 
Married  Thomas  Dyer. 
Married  Benjamin  Mills. 
Married  Hepzibah  Merrell. 
Married  Hepzibah  Cornish. 
Married        Daniel         Morgan, 

grandfather  of    the    present 

Daniel  Morgan. 

WILLIAM  HUMPHBEY,  the  second  son  of  Samuel 
Humphrey,  3d,  married  Hepzibah  Merrell,  A.  D.,  1762. 
They  resided  in  that  part  of  New  Hartford  that  is  now  Can- 
ton, on  the  place  now  occupied  by  John  and  Mark  Pike. 


William  Humphrey, 
Hepzibah  Merrell, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 


Married  1762. 

Married  2d,  Sylvanus  Case. 

William,  Jun., 

Arnold  P., 

Born.  Died.  Age. 



1770,  1851,   80. 


Married  Elizabeth  Roberts. 
Married    Betsey    or    Elizabeth 


Married  George  Wilcox. 
Married    1st,   Amelia  Spencer; 

2d,  Rosanna  Mills. 


SAMUEL  HUMPHREY,  commonly  called  Master  Sam, 
the  fourth  of  the  name  and  fifth  degree  (inclusive)  from  the 
first  Michael.  He  married  Prudence,  daughter  of  John 
Mills,  about  A.  D.  1759.  He  resided  on  the  place,  and  in 
the  house  now  occupied  by  his  youngest  son,  Eber.  He 
was  lame,  taught  school,  and  wrote  much. 


Samuel  Humphrey, 
Prudence  Mills, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1734,  1804,  70. 

1734,  1805,  71. 

Son  of  Samuel  Humphrey,  3d. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Samuel,  Jun. ,  the  fifth, 
Phebe,  1763,  1848,  85. 

Lemuel  G.  Gordon, 
Dorthy  or  Dolly. 



Married  Zerviah  Wilcox. 
Married  Abisha  Forbes . 
Married  Dorcas  Case. 
Married  John  Mark. 
Married  David  Cooper. 
Married  Esther  Olmsted. 
Married       Oliver       Brewster, 

State  of  New  York. 
Married    1st,   Lydia    Dill;    3d, 

Ruth  Rising. 

JONATHAN  HUMPHREY,  a  descendant  of  the  first 
Jonathan  Humphrey,  of  Simsbury.  He  resided  in  the  East 
Hill,  school-district,  on  land  situated  between  the  school- 
house,  and  the  farm  belonging  to  Calvin  Case,  Jun.  It  fell 
to  the  late  Cyrus  Humphrey.  He  had  seven  children  four 
by  his  first  wife,  and  three  by  his  second  wife,  who  died  in 

Parents.  Born.  Died,  Age. 

Jonathan  Humphrey.  1796. 

Children  by  1st  wife.    Born.  Died.  Age. 


Cyrus,  1822.  Married    Amy      Baldwin,    of 

Waterbury . 
Amoret.  Died  unmarried. 


Children  by  2d  wife.    Born.  Died.  Age. 
Jonathan,  Jun.,  1830. 


Married    widow    of    Jonathan 

Andruss,  Jr. 
1789,  1829,  40.      First     wife    of    Plinny    Gris- 

Married  Barzilla  Roberts. 

LIEUT.  CHAELES  HUMPHEET,  2o,  a  son  of  Charles 
Humphrey,  with  his  wife  Sarah,  daughter  of  Benajah  Hum- 
phrey, settled  in  West  Simsbury,  about  the  year  1753. 
Their  first  buildings  were  erected  on  the  east  end  of  the  farm. 
He  afterward  built  and  lived  on  the  western  part  of  his  farm 
at  the  site  now  occupied  by  his  grandson,  Charles  Humphrey 
and  Bera  Case.  The  young  man  now  living  on  the  East 
Hill  and  on  the  old  site,  bearing  the  name  of  Charles,  is  of 
the  fifth  generation  from  the  first  Charles;  the  name  of 
Charles,  being  used  five  generations  in  succession. 

The  wife  of  Lieut.  Charles  had  four  husbands:  1st,  Charles 
Humphrey,  2d,  Seth  Smith,  3d  Elisha  Graham,  4th  Amasa 


(Jharles  Humphrey, 
Sarah  Humphrey, 


Charles,  Jun., 



Born.  Died.  Age. 

1734,  1779,  45. 
1736.  1823,  87. 

Born.  Died,  Age. 

1754,  1805,  51. 


1759,  1803,  44. 

Married  Hannah  Case. 
Married  Phineas  Noble. 
Married  Thede  Case. 

CHAELES  HUMPHEEY,  3D,  a  son  of  Lieut.  Charles 
Humphrey,  and  great  grandson  of  Lieut.  Samuel  Humph- 
rey. He  resided  on  the  East  Hill  by  his  father,  Charles 
Humphrey,  2d. 


Charles  Humphrey, 
Hannah  Case, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1754,  1805,  51. 
1754,  1808,  54. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Mary,  or  Polly, 
Charles,  4th, 

1782,  1822,  40. 



Daughter   of    Dea.     Abraham 

Married  Ira  Case. 
Married     Laura     Case; 

1842,  aged  54. 
Married  Abel  Case,  2d. 


DEA.  THEOPHILUS  HUMPHKEY,  son  of  Samuel 
Humphrey,  3d.  He  with  his  wife,  removed  to  West  Sims- 
bury  about  the  year  1764,  and  settled  at  the  south-east  part 
of  the  town.  He  afterward  lived  in  the  Old  Parish  a  few 
years,  and  in  1782,  he  again  removed  to  West  Simsbury, 
and  settled  on  the  premises  now  owned  by  his  grandson, 
Loin  H.  Humphrey,  in  the  Center  district. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Theophilus  Humph- 
rey, 1744,  1826,  82. 

1st  wife,  Hepzibah, 
Cornish,  1742,  1800,  58.  Daughter  of  Elisha  Cornish. 

2d  wife,  Diana  Averit,  1752,  1843,  91. 



Theophilus,  Jun., 


Born.  Died.  Age. 
1765,  1830,  65. 


1769,  1847,  77. 

1774,  1808,  34. 

1776,  1851,  75. 

1777,  1854,  77. 
1780,  1852,  72. 

Married  1st,  Keturah  Case; 
2d,  Diadama  Garret. 

Married  Jesse  Barber. 

Married  1st,  Almira  Case; 
2d,  Mary  Hays. 

Died  in  infancy. 

Married  Jonathan  Barber,  2d. 

Married  1st,  Cynthia  Hay- 
den;  2d  Miss  Cornish. 

Married  Rhoda  Case. 

Married  Rhoda  Higley,  daugh- 
ter of  Seth  Higley. 





1782.  Married  Thomas  Sugden, 


1784,  1826,  42.  Married  Elizabeth  Humph- 

1786,  1818,  32.  Married  Stephen  H.  At- 

KEY.  JEKEMIAH  HALLOCK  was  born  at  Brookhaven, 
Long  Island,  1758.  At  the  age  of  eight  years,  he  with  his 
parents  removed  to  Goshen,  Mass.  Mr.  Hallock  was  licensed 
to  preach  the  gospel  in  1784,  and  was  ordained  over  the 
church  and  sosiety  of  West  Simsbury,  (now  Canton,)  in 

1785.  He  was  honored  for  his  faithful  and  unwearied  efforts 
in  the  service  of  his  divine  Lord  and   Master;   during    the 
entire  term  of  his  ministry,  extending  over  a  period  of  forty 
years,  and  terminating  with  his  life,  he  exerted   a  rare   in- 
fluence, not  only  over  the  people  of  his  charge,  but  through- 
out an  extensive  circle  of  acquaintance.     His  memory  is  yet 
venerated.     He  died  June,    1826,   aged    68.     He    married 
Mercy   Humphrey,  daughter  of  Oliver  Humphrey,  Esq.,  in 

1786.  She  was  born  in  1762;  died  1826,  aged  64  years. 
Their  first  son,  Jeremiah  Humphrey  Hallock,   was  born 

1790;  graduated  at  Williams  College,  Mass.,  1809,  and 
entered  the  profession  of  law.  He  was  long  the  presiding 
judge  in  the  Ohio  Circuit  Court,  and  died  at  Steubenville, 
Ohio,  1848,  at  the  age  of  58. 

The  second  son,  William  Homan  Hallock,  was  born  1795; 
yet  survives,  and  owns  and  occupies  the  place  occupied  by 
his  father,  excepting  the  dwelling-house,  which  is  now 
owned  and  occupied  by  Mr.  Hallock's  successor  in  the 
ministry,  Rev.  Jairus  Burt. 

Daughter  Sarah  was  born  1799:  died.  1813,  aged  14  years. 



JOHN  HIGLEY,  ESQ.,  was  among  the  early  settlers  in 
Windsor,  and  among  the  early  settlers  in  Simsbury.  The 
place  where  he  and  his  numerous  descendants  lived  in  Sims- 
bury,  was  north-west  from  Tariffville.  It  was  formerly  called 
Higley  town,  after  the  name  of  its  inhabitants.  He  married 
Hannah,  daughter  of  John  and  Hannah  Drake,  and  grand- 
daughter of  Dea.  John  and  Hannah  Moore,  married,  A.  D. 
1671.  He  was  honored  with  many  of  the  highest  offices  in 
the  gift  of  his  fellow-citizens,  being  the  first  appointed  jus- 
tice of  the  peace,  and  soon  after,  judge  of  the  county  court. 
He  represented  the  town  at  the  General  Assembly,  for  many 
sessions,  subsequent  to  the  year  1698.  He  was  the  first 
military  captain,  being  chosen  in  1698,  an  office  at  that  time 
of  great  dignity.  His  children  were  John  Jun.,  or  2d,  born 
1673;  Jonathan,  born  1675;  Hannah,  born  1677;  Eebecca, 
born  1679;  Brewster,  born  1681.  Of  these,  Hannah,  the 
oldest  daughter,  married  Joseph  Trumbull,  in  1704,  and  be- 
came the  mother  of  the  first  Governor  Jonathan  Trumbull, 
and  his  honorable  descendants,  who  for  many  years  held  a 
high  rank  among  Connecticut  worthies. 

Brewster,  the  third  son,  was  married  A.  D.  1708,  to  Esther, 
(or  Hester,)  daughter  of  Nathaniel  Holcomb,  and  grand- 
daughter of  the  first  Thomas  Holcomb.  Their  children  were 
Brewster,  Jun.,  born  1711;  Joseph,  born  1713;  David,  born 
1715;  Hannah,  born  1717;  Hester,  born  1719;  John,  (the 
third  of  the  name,)  born  1721;  Elizabeth,  born  L723;  Naomi, 
born  1725.  These  eight  persons,  who  are  all  that  are  known 
of  as  belonging  to  this  family,  lived  to  great  age;  their  sev- 
eral ages  when  added  together  make  the  round  number  of 
646  years,  which  divided  by  eight,  makes  the  average  lon- 
gevity to  be  about  eighty  years  and  nine  months.  There 
are  now  living  in  Canton  several  families,  who,  through  the 
female  line  are  descendants  of  this  ancient  Higley  family. 
Hannah,  the  oldest  daughter,  became  the  wife  of  Elijah 
Owen,  the  first,  about  the  year  1734.  She  had  by  him,  Be- 


becca,  who  married  Benedict  Alford,  and  removed  to  Ver- 
mont. She  lived  to  the  age  of  95  years.  One  child  died  in 
infancy;  Elijah  Jim.,  or  2d,  who  died  at  Otis,  in  1814,  aged 
76;  Hannah,  was  the  wife  of  Capt.  John  Brown,  and  the 
mother  of  the  Brown  family  in  Canton,  and  died  there  in  the 
year  1831,  aged  91  years.  The  aforementioned  Hannah 
Higley,  widow  of  Elijah  Owen,  for  a  second  mariage,  mar- 
ried Peletiah  Mills,  Esq.,  in  the  year  1748.  Their  children 
were  Peletiah,  Samuel,  Roger,  Martha,  Eli,  Frederick,  Su- 
sanna and  Elihu,  the  father  of  the  Mills  in  the  town  of 
Bloomfield.  Martha  married  a  Barnard;  Susanna  married 
a  Hubbard;  Hester  married  Capt.  Josiah  Case,  and  was  the 
mother  of  the  late  Capt.  Fithen  Case,  and  that  connection; 
Elizabeth  married  Rev.  Gideon  Mills,  minister  of  West  Sims- 
bury;  Naomi  married  Solomon  Humphrey,  Sen.,  or  1st,  and 
was  the  mother  of  Solomon  Humphrey,  Jun.,  or  2d,  and  that 
connection.  Brewster,  Jun.,  the  oldest  son,  was  the  father  of 
the  wife  of  Abel  Case,  Sen.,  and  that  connection,  also  grand 
parent  of  the  wife  of  the  late  Plinny  Humphrey,  and  the 
mother  of  Norman  Case.  John,  the  fourth  son  of  Brewster, 
Sen.,  and  the  third  of  the  name  of  John,  married  Apphia, 
daughter  of  Jonathan  Humphrey,  the  first>and  great  grand- 
daughter of  the  first  Michael  Humphrey.  He  resided  a  part 
of  his  family  state  in  Canton,  though  mostly  in  Old  Simsbury. 
His  sons  were  John,  Garini,  Obed,  Isaac,  Eber,  Roger,  and 
Job.  His  daughters  were  the  wife  of  Dea.  Jared  Mills,  and 
the  wife  of  Job  Mills.  John,  Jun.,  or  John  the  4th,  resided  in 
the  north-west  part  of  the  Farms  school-district,  in  Canton, 
on  land  now  owned  by  the  heirs  of  the  late  Asaph  Tuller, 
Esq.  Among  his  children  were  the  wife  of  Abraham  Bar- 
ber, Jun.,  John,  Timothy  and  Dan.  The  father  died  May, 
1802.  The  family  are  now  extinct  in  Canton.  Carmi, 
another  son  of  John  Higley,  3d,  married  Hestor,  widow  of 
Thomas  Case,  2d,  and  daughter  of  Capt.  Josiah  Case.  He 
was  in  the  American  army  in  the  autumn  of  1776;  was 
taken  a  prisoner  by  the  British,  and  with  many  others,  con- 
fined in  one  of  the  New  York  churches,  then  made  a  prison 
of,  for  the  purpose  of  starving  soldiers  to  death,  where  he 


died  under  British  cruelty.  He  left  an  infant  son  of  his  own 
name;  that  son  was  lost  at  sea  when  a  man,  some  forty 
years  of  age  or  more.  Obed  Higley,  son  of  John  Higley,  of 
the  fourth  degree  inclusive  from  the  first  John  Higley, 
married  Miss  Bebecca  Mills.  He  resided  most  of  his  fam- 
ily state  upon  the  premises  now  owned  by  his  son,  Alson 


Obed  Higley, 
Rebecca  Mills, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1757,  1841,    84. 
1766,  1827,    61. 

Children,          Born.  Died.  Age. 

Sally,  Sept.  30,  1789,  1815,  26.  Married  Allen  Case. 

Thede,  April  19,  1790,  1853,  63.  Married  Benjamin  Goff. 

Obed,  Jan.     5,1791.  Married  Mary  Dickinson. 

Alson,  Feb.  20,  1793.  Married  Christian  Bobbins. 

Luther,  Nov.  9,  1794.  Married  1st,  Electa  Wood- 

ford;  2d,  Flora  Bidwell;  3d, 
Sarah  F.  Bidwell. 

Correl,  Feb.  12,  1796.  Married  Nancy  Phelps. 

Pomeroy,  Nov.  10,  1798.  Married  Eunice  D.  Humph- 


Amelia,  Oct.  7,  1801.  Married  Austin  N.  Humph- 


Almenia,  April  1,  1805.  Married  Leonard  S.  Sweett. 

Emeline,  Nov.  4,  1808.  Married  1st,  Luke  Tuller; 

2d,  Z.  Kempton. 

NATHANIEL  JOHNSON,  married  Tryphene,  daugh- 
ter of  Samuel  Barber.  He  was  a  joiner  by  occupation,  both 
for  building  and  shop  work;  was  called  an  ingenious  and 
faithful  workman.  His  last  family  residence  was  on  land 
about  one-fourth  of  a  mile  north  of  Gen.  E.  Hosford's.  He 
had  been  at  work  on  the  house  of  Mr.  Jesse  Case,  Sen.,  now 
the  residence  of  Samuel  S.  Case.  He  went  into  the  well  to 
clean  the  bottom  of  it,  and  lost  his  life  by  the  damps  or 


poisonous  air;  those  who  drew  his  lifeless  body  from  the 
well,  did  it  with  great  difficulty,  and  at  the  risk  of  losing 
their  own  lives.  This  event  happened  September  6th,  1783. 


Nathaniel  Johnson, 
Tryphene  Barber, 



Born.  Died.  Age, 

1753,  1783,  30. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1783,  1783. 

Married  Charles  Adams. 
Married  Elizabeth  Steele. 
Married  Medad  W.  Merrell. 

JAMES  KIRKLAND,  with  Penelope  his  wife,  resided 
on  a  patch  of  ground  on  the  west  side  of  the  road,  between 
Amos  L.  Spencer  and  Philetus  Case. 


James  Kirkland, 
Penelope , 

Born-  Died.  Age, 

1736,  1815,  79. 


James,  Jun., 






Born.  Died.  Age. 

1776,  1804,  28.      Married  John  Philips. 

1782,  1789.    7. 

Married  Garner  Latimer. 

SAMUEL  LEETE,  was  a  native  of  Guilford,  a  descend- 
ant of  Gov.  William  Leete,  he  married  Miss  Kelley,  of 
Guilford.  They  had  four  children  born  in  Guilford;  their 
names  were  Jane,  who  subsequently  became  the  wife  of  Silas 
Case,  of  Canton;  she  died  A.  D.  1777  leaving  an  infant  son, 


Kelley,  who  is  yet  living;  Samuel,  Jun.,  born  1766,  who  mar- 
ried Sarah  Case;  Amos,  born  1769,  married  Cosmilly  Mills; 
Lucy,  an  idiot,  who  died  1793.  Mr.  Leete,  for  second 
wife,  married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Thomas  Barber.  He 
removed  to  Canton  and  resided  on  the  farm  previously  owned 
by  Dudley  Case,  Jun.  His  house  stood  on  the  west  side  of 
the  road  nearly  opposite  the  cooper  shop  of  N.  R.  L.  Bristol, 
Esq.  He  died  in  1799.  Elizabeth,  his  second  wife,  died 
1825,  aged  85. 

JONATHAN  LATIMEB.  He  settled  in  the  North-east 
school-district,  near  Granby  line,  about  the  year  1760,  on  the 
farm  of  his  late  and  only  son,  Jonathan  Latimer,  late 
deceased.  He  had  a  number  of  daughters  who  settled  in 
family  state;  among  them  were  the  first  wife  of  Mr.  John 
Edgerton,  who  died  in  the  year  1792. 

Jonathan  Latimer,  Sen.,  died  in  1826,  aged  91.  Mrs. 
Rachel,  his  wife,  died  in  1817,  aged  74. 

The  time  of  the  death  of  Jonathan  Latimer,  Jun.,  or  his 
wife,  is  not  known. 

GILES  LATIMER,  SEN.  He  settled  about  1763,  on 
the  farm  adjoining  to  Philetus  Case,  in  the  North-east  dis- 
trict. He  hada  number  of  sons,  viz.,  Giles,  Jun.,  George, 
Roswell,  Garner  and  James,  and  a  number  of  daughters. 

Mr.  Giles  Latimer,  Sen.,  died  in  1829.  His  first  wife  had 
died  in  1808,  aged  59.  His  son,  Roswell  Latimer,  died  in 
1830,  aged  52. 

ASA  MATSON,  SEN.  He  settled  on  the  place  now 
owned  principally  by  his  grandson,  Salmon  Matson,  in 
the  North-east  district.  His  sons  were  Asa,  Jun.,  William 


and  Joshua;  likewise  daughters;  among  them  the  wife  of 
Elijah  Messenger,  and  the  wife  of  Ezra  Paine.  The  history 
of  this  family  is  but  imperfectly  known. 


In  giving  some  historical  sketches  of  the  Mills  genealogy 
herewith  appended,  it  may  be  proper  to  state  that  from  com- 
mon report  and  investigations  carefully  made,  there  were  two 
distinct  families  of  that  name  who  settled  in  New  England, 
one  of  English  and  the  other  of  Dutch  descent.  Of  the 
latter  may  be  named  Rev.  Gideon  Mills  and  Rev.  Zede- 
kiah  Mills,  nephews,  Rev.  Samuel  J.  Mills  and  the  Rev. 
Edmund  Mills.  Of  the  English  descent,  tradition  says  they 
came  from  Yorkshire,  England.  Simon  Mills'  name  first 
occurs.  This  Simon  Mills  married  Mary  Buel,  February 
28d,  1649,  twenty-nine  years  after  the  first  settlement  of 
Plymouth.  He  resided  in  Windsor  previous  to  1669,  and 
removed  to  and  settled  at  Weatauge,  East  Simsbury. 
Whether  he  was  a  native  of  New  England  or  not  can  not 
be  ascertained;  one  inference  is  certain,  his  father  was  a 
native  of  England.  This  Simon  had  eleven  children,  five 
sons  and  six  daughters;  two  sons  supposed  to  have  died  in 
infancy  or  in  youth. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Mary,  Dec.  8,  1662. 

Hannah,  1665. 

Simon,  May,      1667. 

John,  Jan.       1668. 

Sarah,  Sept.       1670. 

Abigail,  1672. 

Elizabeth,  1674. 

Prudence,  1676. 

Simon,  2d,  1678. 


JOHN  MILLS,  son  of  the  last  named  Simon,  was  the 
immediate  ancestor  of  Joseph  Mills  who  settled  in  West 
Simsbury.  This  John  Mills  married  Sarah  Pettibone; 
report  says  the  first  ancestor  of  the  Pettibones  came  from 
England  during  Cromwell's  wars. 

This  John  Mills  had  four  children,  viz.,  John,  Benjamin, 
Joseph  and  Sarah.  Benjamin  and  Joseph  were  twin  broth- 
ers; Sarah  had  three  husbands,  Samuel  Tuller,  Francis 
Garrett,  Joseph  Woodford,  whom  she  survived;  children 
only  by  the  two  first. 

Mrs.  Woodford  died  in  1797,  aged  100  years;  her  chil- 
dren were  noted  for  their  longevity.  John  Mills  the  imme- 
diate ancestor  of  the  family,  died  in  early  life.  His  sur- 
viving widow  married  Dea.  John  Humphrey,  by  whom  she 
had  several  children,  among  whom  may  be  named  John, 
Hannah,  Benajah,  Michael,  and  Rev.  Daniel  Humphrey, 
father  of  the  celebrated  Gen.  David  Humphrey.  Joseph 
Mills,  whose  record  is  given,  (and  grandfather  of  the  com- 
piler* of  these  historical  notes  of  the  family,)  was  a  native  of 
Simsbury,  born  1694,  and  died  April  19th,  1783,  aged  89 
years.  At  the  age  of  thirty  years  he  married  Hannah 
Adams,  aged  fifteen  years,  who  was  born  1709.  She  died 
September  1776,  aged  67.  They  had  fourteen  children,  ten 
sons  and  four  daughters,  all  of  whom  he  lived  to  see  mar- 
ried and  have  children.  He  removed  from  Meadow  Plain, 
Old  Parish,  to  West  Simsbury,  in  1742  or  1743. 



Born.  Died.  Age. 
1726,  1795,  65. 

1728,  1819,  91. 
1731,  1796,  65. 
1734,1803,  69. 
1736,  1821,  85. 
1738,  1829,  91. 
1740,  1805,  65. 
1742,  1779,  37. 
1744,  1778,  34. 

Had   four   wives,    Lois    Case, 

Married  Mercy  Lawrence. 
Married  Ebenezer  Fields. 

Married  Lucy  Curtis. 
Married  Hannah  Humphrey. 
Married  Ursula  Phelps. 

•E.  Mills, 



Andrew,  1746,  1813,  67.      Married  Naomi  Humphrey. 

Sarah,  1748,  1805,  57.     Married    Joseph    Cowles    and 

Asa  Foote. 

Thankful,  1750,1776,26.      Married  Charles  Wilcox. 

Ephraim,  1751,  1818,  67.     Married  Rosanna  Foote. 

Ruth,  1753,  1789,  36.      Married  James  Andrus. 

Average  longevity  sixty-one  and  four-fourteenths  years. 

Without  ostentation  it  may  be  stated  that  of  the  ten  sons 
of  which  the  family  were  composed,  one  was  colonel  of  mili- 
tia, three  were  captains  of  military  companies,  and  five  were 
deacons  of  Congregational  churches. 

EPHRAIM  MILLS,  son  of  Dea.  Joseph  Mills,  and  tenth 
son  of  the  family,  was  born  April  19th,  1751.  He  had  two 
wives;  first  wife,  Rosanna  Foot,  daughter  of  Capt.  John 
Foot;  second  wife,  widow  Bethia  Johnson,  who  survived 
him.  He  had  ten  children,  seven  sons  and  three  daughters. 
He  had  children  only  by  his  first  wife. 

He  resided  on  the  premises  now  occupied  (1855)  by  Free- 
man Case. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Ephraim  Mills,  1751,  1818,  67. 

1st  wife,  Rosanna 
Foot,  1754,  1814,  62. 

2d  wife,  Bethia  John- 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Child.  Died  in  infancy. 

Rosanna,  Sept  17,  1780.  Married  Arnold  P.  Humph- 


Ephraim,  Oct.  19,  1782.  Married  1st,  Sarah  Case, 

widow  of  Orange  Case; 
2d,  Emma  Tuller. 

Phebe,  March  28,  1784.  Married  Stephen  Davis. 

Simeon,  1786.  Died  at  the  age  of  10  months. 


Simeon,  Sept.  22,  1787.  Married      Anna      D.       Angi- 

lis,      Abi     Buel,      Clarinda 

Andrew,        April,         1789.  Died      October     14th,       1792, 

aged  2  years  and  6  months. 
Ruth,  Nov.      9.  1792.  Married     Chauncey    G.    Q-ris- 

Andrew,  1793.  Died     January     llth,       1804, 

aged  9  years. 
Norman,         Aug.     2,  1795.  Married    1st,    Sophia    Andrus; 

2d  Melinda  . 

EPHEAIM  MILLS,  son  of  the  preceding  Ephraim,  was 
born  October  19th,  1782;  he  had  two  wives.  Married  Jan- 
uary 10th,  1816,  Sarah  Case,  whose  maiden  name  was 
Jones,  widow  of  Orange  Case,  who  was  accidentally  killed 
by  the  falling  of  a  tree,  March  17th,  1814.  She  was  born 
December  1st,  1783,  and  died  June  4th,  1837,  leaving  one 
son,  Addison  O.  Mills,  who  was  born  July  14th,  1817. 

His  second  wife  was  Emma  Tuller,  daughter  of  Bufus 
Tuller.  She  was  born  September  28th,  1798.  They  were 
married  February  28th,  1838.  One  child,  Caroline  Emma 
Mills,  was  born  May  14th,  1840. 

Addison  O.  Mills,  above  named,  married  October  17th, 
1839.  Jane  Maria  Case,  who  was  born  August  7th,  1823, 
daughter  of  Capt.  Nodiah  Case,  by  whom  he  has  had  three 
children,  viz.,  Sarah  Jane,  born  December  llth,  1844;  Ad- 
dison Nodiah,  born  March  20th,  1850,  and  died  February 
5th,  1853;  Ephraim  Wilbur,  born  April  18th,  1854. 

Ephraim  Mills,  now  (April,  1855)  resides  on  the  premises 
previously  occupied  by  Zacheus  Case,  Stephen  Harris,  and 
Jacob  and  Joseph  Foote. 

Tradition  says  that  Simom  Mills,  son  of  the  first  Simon 
named  in  these  sketches,  when  a  man,  and  when  the 
country  was  infested  by  lurking  and  hostile  Indians,  went 


into  the  field  to  plow,  accompanied  by  two  large  dogs. 
An  Indian  lay  in  ambush  through  the  day  to  kill  him  and 
take  his  scalp.  Uncle  Simon  was  closely  followed  by  his 
faithful  dogs.  The  Indian  was  afraid  that  unless  he  killed 
him  outright,  uncle  Simon  would  set  his  dogs  upon  him,  and 
he  would  immediately  be  torn  to  pieces,  which  circumstance 
was  the  cause  of  saving  Uncle  Simon's  life.  This  Indian 
was  afterward  taken  for  murder  and  executed.  At  the  time 
of  his  execution,  he  disclosed  the  facts  here  narrated. 

EZEKIEL  MILLS,  the  sixth  son  of  Dea.  Joseph  Mills, 
married  Ursula  Phelps,  a  native  of  Hebron,  about  the  year 
1762.  They  resided  most  of  their  family  state,  on  the  pre- 
mises now  owned  by  Robert  Wilcox,  until  1794,  when  he 
removed  to  Becket,  Mass.  They  subsequently  removed  to 
the  State  of  Ohio  where  they  both  died. 


Ezekiel  Mills, 
Ursula  Phelps, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1740,  1805,  65. 

Ursula  Clorus, 


Ezekiel  Rodolphus, 

Thomas  Delaun, 






Born.  Died.  Age. 




1779,  1800,  21. 



Married  1st,  Daniel  Hitch- 
cock; 2d,  Ambrose  Cow- 

Married  Robert  Wilcox. 

Married  Orpha  Holcomb. 

Married  Lattimer, 

daughter  of  Jonathan  Lat- 


DBA.  ANDEEW  MILLS  was  the  ninth  son  of  Dea.  Jo- 
seph Mills,  born  A.  D.  1746.  He,  with  his-  wife  Naomi, 
daughter  of  Solomon  Humphrey,  1st,  connected  in  marriage, 
about  1771,  he  resided  on  the  premises  now  owned  by  Wil- 
liam H.  Hallock,  Esq.  His  house  was  on  the  site  of  the 
house  now  owned  by  Eev.  Jairus  Burt.  He  removed  to 
Middlebury,  State  of  Vermont,  in  1787;  was  reputed  an 
eminently  pious  and  useful  man.  In  the  year  1813,  he  came 
on  a  visit  to  his  native  town;  was  taken  sick  with  typhus 
fever,  and  died  in  the  house  on  the  site  of  the  one  where  he 
was  born  aged  67  years. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Andrew  Mills. 

Naomi  Humphrey,       1749,  1816,  67. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Ralph,  1772. 

Zenas,  1774. 

Louisa,  1776. 

CAPT.  MICHAEL  MILLS.  He  was  the  second  son  of 
Dea.  Joseph  Mills,  he  commenced  his  first  farming  opera- 
tions on  the  premises  now  owned  by  Dea.  Lancel  Foot. 
He  built  his  house  at  the  extreme  west  end  of  the  farm,  on 
the  line  between  him  and  the  heirs  of  the  then  late  Ephraim 
Buel,  deceased;  his  house  stood  some  fifty  or  sixty  rods  east 
of  the  old  Cherries  Brook  road,  and  north-east  of  the  saw- 
mill of  Humphrey  &  Brown,  in  the  north  part  of  the  Center 
school-district,  there  was  no  open  road  leading  to  his  house. 
The  old  cellar  and  well  are  still  to  be  seen.  He  removed  to 
Norfolk  about  the  year  1772,  where  his  two  last  sons  were 
born.  The  farm  was  sold  to  Capt.  Foot. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Michael  Mills,  1728 . 

Mercy  Lawrence. 



Michael,  Jun. 














Died.  Age. 

Michael  Frederick,        1774. 

DBA.  BENJAMIN  MILLS,  the  fifth  son  of  Dea.  Joseph 
Mills,  Sen.  He  married  Hannah,  a  daughter  of  Samuel 
Humphrey,  the  third,  the  first  Samuel  Humphrey,  of  West 
Simsbury.  He  resided  most  of  his  family  state  on  the 
premises  now  owned  by  Alanson  Merrills  and  Harvey  Mills , 
in  the  West  Hill  district.  He  was  a  captain  during  most 
of  the  campaigns  during  the  Kevolutionary  war,  but  never 
received  anything  for  his  time  and  suffering  in  the  American 

He  was  a  man  of  Christian  integrity  toward  God  and  his 
fellow-citizens.  His  prayers  and  his  pious  example  will 
operate  long  after  he  is  sleeping  in  the  dust,  and  although 
he  possessed  but  little  of  this  world's  treasure,  yet  he  kept 
the  world  indebted  to  him  while  he  lived  in  it.  The  last 
years  of  his  life  he  became  quite  deaf,  and  his  tottering  form 
was  permitted  to  ascend  the  pulpit,  always  standing  in 
prayer  by  the  side  of  the  venerable  Hallock. 


Benjamin  Mills, 
Hannah  Humphrey, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1738,  1829,  91. 
1740,  1821,  81. 


Benjamin,  1st, 
Benjamin,  3d, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1757,  1759,  2. 
1759,  1787.  28. 
1761,  1802,  41. 


Died  in  childhood. 
Married  Dorcas  Case. 
Married  John  Foot,  Jun. 














1769,  1852,  83. 

1771,  1829,  58. 

1773,  1808,  35. 

1775,  1846,  71 


1780,  1809,  29. 

1783,  1852,  70. 

1785,  1793,     8. 

Married  Rhoda  Case,  2d. 
Married  Lovisa  Wilcox. 
Married  Noah  Humphrey. 
Married  Amos  Leete. 
Married  Dorothy  Bod  well. 
Married  Sarah  Case. 
Married  Charles  Slocum. 
Married  Plinny  Case. 
Died  single. 
Died  in  youth. 

COL.  AMASA  MILLS,  fourth  son  of  Dea.  Joseph  Mills, 
with  his  wife  Lucy,  the  oldest  daughter  of  Peter  Curtis, 
commenced  their  family  state  about  the  year  1756.  Their 
first  house  was  built  near  where  the  house  of  Simeon  Mills 
now  stands.  He  afterward  built  on  the  site  of  the  house 
built  by  the  late  Gardner  Mills,  Sen.,  deceased,  and  now 
occupied  by  his  descendants. 

Ainasa  Mills, 
Lucy  Curtis, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1735,  1821,  86. 
1737,  1816,  79. 


Arnon,  1st, 
Lucy,  1st. 
Ainasa,  Jun., 

Arnon,  2d, 
Lucy,  2d, 



Born-  Died.  Age. 

1757.  Died  in  childhood. 

Died  in  girlhood. 

1760.  Married  Job  Barber. 

1762,  1841,  78.     Married  Daniel  Merrell. 

1764,  1846,  82.  Married  1st,  Patience  Bald- 
win, 2d.  Charlotte  Gar- 

1766.  Married  Frederick  Moses. 

1769,  1810,  41.       Married  Mary  Barnes. 

1772,  1841,  69.      Married     1st,    John     Merritt; 

2d,  David  Stockwell. 

1773,  1845,  71.     Married  Mary  P.  Skinner. 
1775,  1776.  Died  in  childhood. 

1780,  1792,  12.     Died  in  early  girlhood. 


COL.  MILLS  was  a  soldier  in  the  old  French  war 

on  the  borders  of  Canada;  he  commanded  a  company  in 
nearly  all  of  the  campaigns  of  the  war  of  the  Revolution. 
He  became  a  major  near  its  close  and  was  a  colonel  in  the 
militia.  He  was  reputed  a  good  officer  and  a  useful  citizen. 

REV.  GIDEON  MILLS  was  the  seventh  son  of  the 
first  Peter  Mills,  of  Hollandish  descent;  his  wife  whose 
maiden  name  was  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Brewster  Higley, 
spent  the  most  part  of  her  youth  and  girlhood  in  the  fam- 
ily of  her  cousin,  the  first  Gov.  Trumbull,  of  Lebanon. 
The  Rev.  Mr.  Mills,  having  been  minister  of  Old  Simsbury 
about  ten  years  previous  to  1755,  after  living  and  preaching 
one  or  two  years  in  West  Simsbury,  he  was  installed  in  the 
year  1759.  He  lived  and  died  on  the  place  which  was  left 
to  his  son  Gideon,  and  which  after  passing  through  several 
hands  was  lately  owned  by  Henry  Foote. 

All  the  time  of  his  ministry  in  West  Simsbury,  he  lived 
two  and  a  half  miles  from  the  meeting-house,  over  a  very 
hilly,  cold  and  uneven  road,  which  would  now  be  called  a 
hard  sabbath  day's  journey  for  a  clergyman  or  a  layman;  this 
road  he  traveled  weekly,  and  sometimes  much  oftener.  One 
incident  respecting  the  Rev.  Gideon  Mills  is  thought  worthy 
of  notice.  He  was  habitually  fond  of  sacred  music,  and 
would  request  others  that  could  sing  to  join  with  him  and 
he  retained  his  relish  for  singing  even  to  his  dying  mo- 
ments. He  died  of  a  cancer  in  the  face,  which  kept  him  in 
great  suffering,  for  many  of  the  last  weeks  of  his  life.  He 
dwelt  much  on  the  sentiments  expressed  in  the  38th  psalm, 
(Watts,)  "Amidst  thy  wrath  remember  love,"  &c.;  also  the 
39th.  "God  of  my  life  look  gently  down."  Just  before  he 
expired  he  requested  the  friends  in  attendance  to  sing  the  38th 
psalm,  "Amidst  they  wrath  remember  love,"  and  attempted 
to  join  with  them,  but  when  the  fore  part  of  the  psalm  was 
sung  he  expired,  so  that  it  was  said  by  Mr.  Hallock,  on  a 
certain  occasion,  that  he  died  singing  the  38th  psalm. 



Rev.  Gideon  Mills, 
Elizabeth  Higley, 


Gideon,  Jun., 




Born.  Died.  Age. 
1716,  1772,  56. 
1723,  1774,  51. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1749,  1813,  64. 
1751,  1814,  63. 

1753,  1825,  72. 



1765,  1850,  95. 

Married  1st,  Miss  Sarah  Gil- 
pin;  2d,  Miss —  Bel- 
den;  3d,  Mrs. . 

Married  1st,  Gideon  Curtis; 
2d,  Rufus  Hawley. 

Married  Miss  Wells. 

3d  wife  of  Rev.  William  Rob- 

First  wife  of  Roswell  Spencer; 
2d  wife  of  Eber  Alford. 

LIEUT.  GIDEON  MILLS,  oldest  son  of  Kev.  Gideon 
and  Elizabeth  Mills,  married  Ruth,  third  daughter  of  Oliver 
Humphrey,  Esq.  He  resided  on  the  farm  left  by  his  hon- 
ored father  until  the  year  1800,  when  he  removed  to  Bark- 
hamsted,  where  he  resided  the  remainder  of  his  life.  They 
had  two  sons  and  four  daughters. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Gideon  Mills, 

1749,  1813,  64. 

Ruth  Humphrey, 

1748,  1822,  74. 


Born-  Died.  Age. 


1771,  1808,  87 

Gideon,  Jun., 




Elizabeth,  or  Betsy, 




Sarah  Ann. 


Married,  1771. 

Married  Owen  Brown. 
Married  Dorothy  Hayes. 
Married  Amelia  Wells. 
Married  Doct.  Thompson. 
Married  Daniel  Richardson. 
Married  Daniel  Woodruff. 



PETER  MILLS,  the  great  ancestor  of  that  race  of  Mills, 
came  from  Holland.  Tradition  is  that  his  Dutch  name  be- 
fore settling  in  this  country  was  something  like  Van  Molan, 
which  was  changed  to  Mills.  He  was  born  1666,  and  died 
1754,  aged  88.  He  resided  near  the  east  part  of  what  is  now 
Bloomfield,  eastward  from  the  residence  of  Samuel  Mills, 
near  the  confines  of  Windsor  Plain.  He  was  by  trade  a 
tailor,  which  business  he  followed  through  the  active  part  of 
his  life.  He  had  seven  sons;  their  names  were  Jedediah, 
who  graduated  at  Yale  College,  A.  D.  1722;  entered  the  min- 
istry, and  settled  in  the  part  of  Stratford  then  called  Kipton, 
now  Huntington.  He  was  a  minister  of  considerable  note 
in  that  period;  some  of  his  works  were  published.  He  was 
the  ancestor  of  the  Mills  in  Fairfield  and  New  Haven  coun- 
ties. Pelatiah,  another  son,  was  born  1693,  and  was  an 
able  attorney  at  law,  and  useful  citizen,  and  was  the  ances- 
tor of  the  Mills  now  remaining  in  Bloomfield  and  Windsor. 
John,  another  son,  was  the  father  of  Rev.  Samuel  John,  and 
Rev.  Edmund,  minister  of  Sutton,  Mass.  Peter  was  the 
father  of  a  numerous  offspring  scattered  in  various  parts  of 
the  country;  among  them  Mrs.  Anna  Hinman;  now  living  in 
Canton;  Rev.  Ebenezer,  graduate  of  1739,  first  minister  of 
East  Granby.  His  descendants  are  in  Sandisfield  and  vicin- 
ity. Rev.  Gideon,  the  seventh  son,  graduated  at  Yale  Col- 
lege, A.  D.  1737;  settled  in  Simsbury  first,  afterward  in  West 
Simsbury.  (See  history  of  Rev.  Gideon  Mills.)  There  was 
in  the  early  part  of  the  family,  one  by  the  name  of  Return, 
about  whom  very  little  is  now  known  further  than  the  record 
that  she  died  A.  D.  1689.  Pelatiah,  2d,  a  grandson  of  Peter, 
was  a  man  held  in  high  estimation,  both  in  civil,  ecclesiasti- 
cal, and  religious  concerns.  He  died,  1786. 


KEY.  SAMUEL  MILLS,  son  of  Rev.  Gideon  Mills, 
commenced  study  in  early  life  with  a  view  to  the  gospel 
ministry.  He  graduated  at  Yale  College,  A.  D.  1776.  Being 
full  of  the  patriotism  prevalent  at  that  time,  he  entered  the 
American  army  as  lieutenant  in  the  cavalry.  In  one  of 
those  actions  which  took  place  in  the  autumn  of  1777,  this 
young  officer  received  a  wound  from  a  horseman's  sword, 
in  the  forehead;  was  taken  prisoner  and  conveyed  into 
Philadelphia,  with  a  deep  and  dangerous  wound,  the  scar 
of  which  he  carried  through  the  remainder  of  his  life,  The 
sick  and  wounded  prisoners  in  Philadelphia,  experienced  far 
different  treatment  from  that  which  those  unfortunate  Amer- 
ican prisoners  received  from  the  British  and  Tories  in  New 
York  in  1776.  A  kind  Providence  furnished  a  goodly  num- 
ber of  ministering  angels,  (if  the  expression  might  be  allow- 
able,) in  the  persons  of  some  of  the  most  accomplished  ladies 
of  Philadelphia.  Those  of  superior  rank  and  refinement, 
took  it  upon  them  to  visit  and  minister  to  the  wants  of  the 
suffering  prisoners.  Among  those  worthy  ladies  was  Miss 
Sarah  Gilpin,  a  person  of  high  refinement  and  accomplish- 
ments. Her  labors  of  benevolence,  brought  her  and  Lieut. 
Samuel  to  an  acquaintance,  which  eventuated  in  his  obtain- 
ing her  hand  and  heart.  He  pursued  and  finished  his  theo- 
logical studies,  and  was  married  to  Miss  Gilpin,  and  was 
settled  pastor  over  the  church  and  society  of  Chester,  then 
a  part  of  Saybrook.  She  was  the  mother  of  eight  children. 
Their  names  were  Mary,  Samuel,  Thomas  Sarah,  Emily, 
Gideon  John,  Eliza  and  Benoni.  She  died  in  1796.  Mr. 
Mills,  in  the  year  1798,  married  Miss  Rebecca  Belden,  daugh- 
ter of  Col.  John  Belden,  of  Wethersfield.  They  had  one  son, 
born  in  1800.  The  mother  died  in  1801.  Mr.  Mills  after- 
ward married  his  third  wife,  with  whom  he  lived  till  1814, 
when  he  died  of  typhus  fever,  which  was  then  prevalent  in 
that  town.  Mrs.  Mills,  the  third  wife,  died  but  a  few  days 
after  him,  of  the  same  disease. 


JOHN  MILLS,  JUN.,  was  born  1690,  and  was  son  of  Jolm 
Mills,  Sen.,  and  brother  to  Dea.  Joseph  Mills,  of  West 
Simsbury.  He  with  his  wifeDamaris  Phelps,  married  1720, 
and  resided  on  the  land  at  the  junction  of  the  lovely  street 
road  with  the  Hartford  and  Albany  turnpike,  near  the  old 
Hosford  stand.  They  had  four  sons,  Job,  John,  David  and 
Jared;  also  a  daughter  Prudence,  who  was  married  to  Sam- 
uel Humphrey,  4th. 



Born.  Died.  Age. 

Jared  Mills,        Oct.  8,  1746,  1822,  76.       Married  March  llth,  1767. 

1st  wife,  Apphia  Hig- 
ley,  1746,  1783,  37. 

2d  wife,  Joannah  Rus- 
sell, 1743,  1820,  67.  Married  March  17th,  1784. 

3d  wife,  Ann  Dyer,  1843,  91.       Married  July  19th,   1821. 


A  son, 

Born.         Died.  Age. 

Dec.  11,  1767,  1771,    3. 

Aug.  20,  1769. 

July  14,  1770,  1838,  68. 

Jared,  Jr.,  Dec.  19,  1772,  1821,  49. 

Joel,  Feb.  10,  1775,  1776,    1. 

Joel,  2d,  Dec.    3,  1776,  1823,  47. 

Daughter,  Dec.  13,  1778. 

A  son,  Aug.  29,  1779. 

Daughter,  July  20,  1780. 

A  son,  Dec.    1,  1781. 

Norman,  Sept.  30,  1784,  1824,  40. 

Lucretia,  Jan.  27,  1786,  1817,  31. 

Isaac,  Aug.    7,  1787. 

Harriet,  Feb.    9,  1789. 

Catharine,  March  27, 1790. 

Lived  but  a  short  time. 
Married  Frederick  West. 
Married  1st,  Susannah  Case; 
2d,  Polly  Fowler. 

Married  Joanna  Russell,  2d. 
Lived  but  a  short  time. 

Married  Charlotte  Laflin. 

Living,  1856;  married  As- 
aenath  Merrill. 

Living,  1856;  married  Jo- 
seph Daily. 

Living,  1856;  married  Sam* 
uel  Pettibone. 


Damaris,  Dec.  25,  1791,  1792,     1. 

Damaris,  June  13, 1793.  Married  Cyrus  Miller. 

George,  Feb.  26,  1795.  Married  Betsy  Woodford. 

JOHN  MOSES.  He  was  among  the  earliest  settlers  in 
the  Northern  part  of  West  Simsbury,  probably  as  early  as 
1745.  He,  with  his  wife  Rhoda,  settled  on  the  place  now 
owned  by  Seymour  D.  Moses,  in  the  North  district,  near  the 
North  burying-ground,  which  was  on  his  premises.  His 
little  daughter  Eunice  was  the  first  that  was  interred  in  that 
place.  She  died  March,  1754,  aged  two  years  and  four 
months.  He  subsequently  removed  to  the  premises  now 
owned  by  Robert  Case  and  sons.  He  erected  a  grist  mill  on 
his  last  farm,  which  bore  his  name.  He  left  the  town  in  the 
latter  part  of  the  last  century,  and  but  little  is  known  re- 
specting his  last  years  or  of  his  family. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

John  Moses. 

Rhoda,  1725,  1768,   43. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Eunice,  1752,  1754,      2. 

Rhoda,  1756,  1761,      5. 

Infant,  1768,  1768.  Aged  1  month. 

BENONI  MOSES.  He,  with  his  wife  Susannah,  set- 
tled in  the  North  district  on  lands  now  owned  by  Anson 
Case,  about  the  year  1744.  He  was  a  carpenter  by  trade, 
and  a  man  of  considerable  note.  There  is  but  little  known 
about  this  family  now,  except  by  tradition  and  by  burial  list. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Benoni  Moses,  1711,  1787,    76. 

1st  wife,  Susannah,      1719,  1774,    55.    Daughter    of     John    Humph- 
rey, Esq. 
3d  wife,  Phebe,  1726. 1786,  60. 









Ezekiel,  2d, 


Born.  Died.  Age- 


Married  Darius  Hill. 

LIEUT.    TIMOTHY  MOSES  died  1793,   aged  62  years. 
Thankful,  his  wife,  died  1790,  aged  59  years. 

ELISHA  MOSES,  a  brother  of  Aaron,  came  with  his 
wife  to  West  Simsbury  and  settled  in  the  North  district  in 
1757,  on  the  farm  now  owned  by  Eliphalet  Case.  They  had 
four  children,  including  one  that  died  in  infancy.  His  wife 
was  a  daughter  of  Thomas  and  Mercy  Barber;  the  latter 
died  at  the  house  of  her  daughter,  in  1793,  aged  93  years. 


Elisha  Moses, 
Mercy  Barber, 



Born.  Died.  Age. 

1736,  1808,  71. 

Born.  Died,  Age. 


1764,  1764. 
1769,  1824,  55. 

Married  Elihu  Beach. 
Married  Miss  Merrells. 

Married  Delilah  Mills. 

DBA.  AAEON  MOSES,  a  son  of  Timothy  Moses,  with 
his  wife,   Susannah   Seymour,  came  from  Wintonbury   to 
West  Simsbury,  about  the  year  1757,  and  settled  in  the  North 


district,  on  the  premises  now  (1856)  owned  by  Thomas  and 
Horace  Vining.     They  had  six  children. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 
1733,  1809,  76. 

Aaron  Moses, 

1st  wife,  Susannah 
Seymour,  1738,  1783,  45. 

2d  wife,  Rachel  Gil- 
bert, 1732,  1821,  89. 


Aaron  Seymour, 
Martin  Levi, 
Seymour  Aaron, 

Born.  Died.  Age 

1758,  1824,  66. 



1763,  1772,     9. 

1767,  1784,  17. 

1772,  1846,  74. 

Married  Sarah  Adams. 

Married Adams. 

Married  Joseph  Buttolph. 

He  was  drowned. 
Married  Rhoda  Humphrey. 

CAPT.  DAEIUS  MOSES,  son  of  Dea.  Aaron  and  Susan- 
nah, and  grandson  of  Lieut.  Timothy  Moses.  He  resided 
and  erected  the  dwelling-house  and  buildings  on  the  premises 
now  owned  by  Stanley  Weed,  in  the  North  school-district. 
He  was  a  very  useful  citizen. 


Darius  Moses, 
Sarah  Adams, 


Darius,  2d, 







Born.  Died.  Age. 

1758,  1824,  66. 
1755,  1834,  79. 


of     Lieut.     David 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1780,  1854,  74.  Died  single. 

1782,  1824,  42.  Married     Soderna      Holcomb, 
daughter  of  Jesse  Holcomb. 

1784.  Married  Candace  Dyer. 

1786, 1788,    2.  Died  by  being  scalded. 

1789, 1851,  62.  Married  Katherine  Johnson. 

1791.  Married  Elisha  Sugden. 

1796.  Married  Bela  Squires. 

1798.  Married  Charlotte  Moses. 


ABRAHAM  MOSES,  son  of  Caleb  Moses,  Jim.,  of  Sims- 
bury  was  married  to  Mercy,  daughter  of  Richard  and  Mary 
Case.  They  resided  on  land  now  belonging  to  John  Case, 
situated  between  the  farms  of  Nelson  Aldrich  and  Ros- 
well  Barnes,  on  the  East  Hill.  He  made  a  public  pro- 
fession of  religion  in  advanced  life,  A.  D.  1821,  being  a  sub- 
ject of  the  revival  of  that  year.  He  appeared  to  honor  his 
profession  during  the  brief  period  of  his  subsequent  life.  He 
died  in  the  summer  of  1823,  in  his  barn  and  alone.  From 
appearance,  viewing  the  place  and  posture  in  which  he  was 
found,  it  was  believed  that  death  found  him  praying. 


Abraham  Moses, 
Mercy  Case, 



Abraham,  Jan., 





Born.  Died.  Age. 

1752,  1818,  66. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1802,  29. 

1828,  44. 

Married  Joab  Barber. 
Married  Charlotte  Alford. 
Married  William  Rowland. 
Married  Job  Talbot,  of  Avon. 
Married  Clarissa  Wilcox. 
Married      Mereb      Brockway; 
she  died  in  1845,  aged  58. 

DANIEL  MOSES,  son  of  Caleb  Moses,  He,  with  his 
wife,  who  was  Mary  Wilcox,  a  daughter  of  Azariah  Wilcox, 
came  from  the  Old  Parish  to  West  Simsbury  about  the  year 
1756,  and  settled  on  the  farm  now  owned  by  Bethuel  Case, 
adjoining  the  farm  of  the  late  Capt.  Robert  Wilcox,  de- 
ceased, in  North  Canton.  They  had  three  sons  and  three 
daughters,  besides  two  that  died  in  childhood,  about  the 
year  1770. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Daniel  Moses,  1776.  Died  in  the  army. 

Mary  Wilcox,  1732,  1816,  84. 



Daniel,  Jun., 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

1758,  1805,  47. 
1815,  51. 


Married  Anna  Edgerton. 
Married  Theodosia  Curtis. 
Married  Andrew  Roby. 
Married  Martin  Roberts. 
Married  Patience  T.  Barber. 
Married  Job  Phelps. 

ICHABOD  MILLER.  He,  with  his  wife  Sarah  Hoi- 
comb,  removed  from  the  Old  Parish  to  West  Simbury  about 
the  year  1746.  They  settled  on  the  farm  that  had  been  left 
by  Mr.  Ephraim  and  Mrs.  Mercy  Buel,  both  deceased.  The 
farm  was  adjoining  Thomas  Barber's.  There  were  nine 
children  in  this  Miller  family. 


Ichabod  Miller, 
Sarah  Holcomb, 


Dudley,  1st, 





Dudley,  2d. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1703,  1793,  90. 
1716,  1800,  84. 

Born,  Died.  Age. 

1742,  1762,  20. 





1755,  1807,  52. 



1762,  1787,  25. 

He  died  at  Havana, 
He  removed  to  Vermont. 
He   removed  to    State    of  New 

Married  John  Merritt. 

Married  George  Adams. 

Married  Ruth,  a  daughter 
of  Richard  Case,  and  re- 
moved to  Hudson,  Ohio. 

DUDLEY  MILLEE,  2o,  was  executed  in  1787,  in  the 
State  of  New  York.  The  crime  was  forgery,  which,  by  a 
law  of  that  State  was  punished  by  death. 


MB.  ICHABOD  MILLEE  and  a  Mr.  Eliot,  had  the 
charge  of  the  works  erected  in  Simsbury  for  the  manufac- 
ture of  steel,  about  the  year  1743.  (See  Phelps1  History,  p. 
88.)  His  blacksmith's  shop  in  this  town  stood  a  few  rods 
north  of  the  saw  mill  lately  erected  by  Humphrey  &  Brown. 
He  occupied  this  place  probably  from  twelve  to  sixteen 
years,  and  then  removed  to  what  is  now  West  Granby,  where 
he  died.  His  remains  were  brought  to  Canton  and  interred 
in  the  North  burying-ground. 

JAMES  McNALL,  (the  descendants  will  now  have  it 
to  be  McNEAL,)  was  of  Irish  descent.  He  married  Mind- 
well,  a  daughter  of  Gamaliel  Ward  After  the  death  of  his 
father-in-law,  and  the  death  and  removal  of  the  other  mem- 
bers of  the  Ward  family,  he  remained  a  resident  of  the 
Ward  place,  so  called,  till  he  removed  from  West  Sims- 
bury,  about  A.  D.  1794  The  Ward  farm  was  situated  in 
the  North  school-district,  is  now  part  of  the  western  end  of 
the  premises  of  Eliphalet  Case.  The  house  stood  the  west 
side  of  the  highway,  some  six  or  eight  rods  north  of  the 
bridge  that  crosses  Cherries  brook.  The  time  of  birth  or 
death  of  the  parents  can  not  be  ascertained. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Rebecca,  or  Betsy. 

James,  Jun.,  1767. 

Alexander,  1770. 

Calvin,    and  a    twin 

that  died,  1774. 

Lnther,  1776. 

Eunice,  1779. 

Roxy,  1781. 

JONATHAN  MERKELL,  SEN.  He  came  from  West 
Hartford  about  the  year  1739,  and  settled  on  the  place  after- 
ward owned  by  Dudley  Case,  and  now  owned  by  the  family 


of  Mrs.  Olive  Pike.  He  had  three  sons  and  two  daughters 
who  settled  in  family  state,  and  four  of  them  had  families. 
Jonathan  Merrell,  Sen.,  died  in  1788,  aged  about  90  years. 


Jonathan,  Jun., 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

1732,  1806,  74.      Married  Sarah  Kellogg. 
1734.  Married  Hannah  Douglass. 

1743,  1817,  74.      Married  1st,  William  Humph- 
rey; 2d.  Sylvanus  Case. 

1741,  1810,  69.      Married  Dudley  Case,  Jun. 

WILLIAM  MEKKELL,  SEN.,  son  of  Jonathan  Merrell, 
Sen.  He  with  his  wife,  who  was  Sarah  Kellogg,  settled  on 
the  place  that  was  afterward  owned  by  the  late  Capt.  Isaac 
Merrell.  He  settled  in  family  state  about  the  year  1752. 


William  Merrell, 
Sarah  Kellogg, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1732,  1806,  74. 
1735,  1801,  66. 



William,  Jun., 





Born.  Died.  Age. 

1752.  Married  Oliver  Bronson,  the 

the  father  of  Judge  Greene 
C.  Bronson,  of  New  York. 

1754,  1786,  32.      Married  Ashbel  Benham. 

1757,  1792,  37. 

1759,  1829,  70.      Married  Diadama  Mills. 

1761,  1830,  69.  Married  1st,  Elizabeth  Wil- 
cox;  2d,  Thede  Brown. 

1763.  Married  Asa  Cowles. 

1765.  Married  William  Roberts. 

1767,  1846,  78.  Married  Elizabeth  Seymour; 
died,  1855. 

1771.  Married  Bates  Willey. 


JONATHAN  MEEEELL,  2o,  with  his  wife,  who  was 
Hannah  Douglass,  settled  on  the  premises  now  owned  by 
Norman  N.  Bidwell.  They  had  three  sons  and  four  daugh- 
ters who  settled  in  family  state  and  left  children. 


Jonathan  Merrell, 
Hannah  Douglass, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 



Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Rachael,          April,  1763. 

Jonathan,  Jun.,  1764,  1842,  78. 

Benajah,          June,  1766. 

Abi,                   Jan.,  1769,  1848,  79. 
Hannah,            March,  1772,  1816,  44. 

Susannah,        Nov.,  1773. 

George,             Dec.,  1778,  1842,  64. 

Married  1st, Miller, 

who  was  drowned;  2d. 
James  Hill. 

Married  1st,  Asenath  Tuller; 
2d,  widow  Goodwin. 

Married  Mrs.  Hen- 

Married  Jonathan  Barber. 

Married  Roswell  Barnes. 

GEOEGE  MEEEELL,  son  of  Jonathan  Merrell,  1st, 
settled  at  first  on  the  place  in  New  Hartford,  (now  Canton;) 
the  farm  is  now  owned  by  the  family  of  Mrs.  Olive  Pike; 
afterward  he  removed  from  it  to  the  farm  that  was  the  prop- 
erty of  the  late  Daniel  Merrell,  deceased. 

This  family  have  long  been  gone  from  this  part  of  the 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Married       Chauncey        Petti- 
Married  Edward  Dill. 



JOSEPH  MESSENGEE,  was  the  first  of  that  name 
that  settled  in  West  Simsbury,  and  was  a  son  of  Nathan 
Messenger,  of  Windsor.  Joseph  Messenger,  and  his  wife, 
Catharine  Holcomb,  daughter  of  Nathaniel  Holcomb,  and 
granddaughter  of  Thomas,  Holcomb,  came  from  that  part 
of  ISimsburj  that  is  now  Granby,  and  settled  in  West  Sims- 
bury  in  1742,  in  the  north-west  part  of  the  Center  school- 
district;  his  son  Isaac  and  his  wife  came  with  them.  They 
settled  on  the  farm  now  owned  by  Almon  and  Newel  Mes- 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Joseph  Messenger.        1685,  1763,  78.      Married,  1707. 
Katharine  Holcomb,    1689,  1769,  80. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Sarah,  1710. 

Joseph,  Jun.,  1713. 

Jehiel,  1715. 

Isaac,  1717. 

Catharine,  1720. 

Elijah,  1722. 

Nathaniel,  1725. 

ISAAC  MESSENGEE.  was  the  third  son  of  Joseph  and 
Katherine  Messenger.  He  settled  on  the  farm  that  was 
occupied  by  his  father.  Isaac  and  his  wife  had  fifteen  chil- 
dren, ten  sons  and  five  daughters;  thirteen  of  the  family  grew 
up  and  settled  in  life,  and  twelve  of  them  left  children. 

Mr.  Isaac  Messenger  was  in  the  early  part  of  his  family 
state,  an  expert  hunter.  His  family  were  noted  as  being 
remarkably  large,  strong  and  robust. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Isaac  Messenger,  1717,  1801,  84. 

Hannah  Alford,  1727,  1811,  84.      Daniel       of      Nathaniel      Al- 




Joseph,  Jr.. 















Born.  Died.  Age. 



1821,  75. 
1811,  63. 

1838,  86. 
1760,    6. 

1793,  81. 
1849,  85. 
1778,  12. 
1825,  54. 

Married  Jemima  Barber. 
Married  William  Brittian. 
Married  Anna  Ward. 
Married  Mary  Paine. 
Married  Isabel  McFarland. 

Married  Eunice  Bunce. 



Married  Lucretia  Matson. 
Married  Abigail  Pike. 
Married  William  Brittian. 
Married  Francis  Bacon. 

Married    1st,    Rachel  Daniels; 
2d,  Sabra  Case. 

JOSEPH  MESSENGEE,  3D,  oldest  son  of  Isaac  Mes- 
senger, grandson  of  Joseph,  1st,  and  great  grandson  of  Na- 
than Messenger,  of  Windsor,  married  to  Jemima  Barber, 
daughter  of  the  then  late  Jonathan  Barber,  deceased,  com- 
menced family  state  about  the  year  1762;  was  the  first 
resident  on  the  farm  afterward  owned  by  Theophilus 
Humphrey,  adjoining  Kimberley's  line.  This  farm  is  now 
owned  by  Loin  H.  Humphrey,  and  occupied  by  John  Mil- 
lard,  Esq.  He  removed  in  1782,  to  Otis,  Mass.,  and  removed 
from  Otis  about  1791.  to  the  Delaware  region,  State  of  Penn- 
sylvania, where  it  is  understood  he  spent  the  remainder  of 
his  life.  Among  his  children  were  Joseph,  Jun.,  Cornish, 
Jemima,  Zebina,  and  perhaps  others.  This  is  all  that  is 
known  to  the  writer  about  this  family. 

ISAAC  MESSENGEE,  JUN.,  was  second  son  of  Isaac, 
Sen.     He  married  Anna,  daughter  of  Gamaliel  Ward.     He, 
in  the  early  part  of  his  family  state,  resided  on  the  farm  now 


owned  and  occupied  by  Friend  White,  within  the  confines 
of  Barkhamsted,  in  the  part  then  called  Batlum.  He  re- 
moved from  Barkhamsted  to  Western  New  York,  about  the 
year  1794  His  children  were  Isaac,  Jun.,  Hannah,  Damaris, 
and  others,  including  some  four  that  died  in  infancy. 

SIMEON  MESSENGER  He  was  the  third  son  of 
Isaac,  Sen.  He,  with  his  wife,  settled  in  the  year  1769,  on 
the  Hill  farm,  then  in  the  town  of  New  Hartford.  The 
site  of  his  first  house  was  near  the  dwelling  now  occupied  by 
Daniel  Humphrey,  near  the  confines  of  Barkhamsted.  His 
first  house  was  destroyed  by  fire  in  1785,  but  was  rebuilt 
soon  and  he  remained  there  until  1792,  when  he  removed  to 
the  south-east  part  of  Barkhamsted,  where  he  spent  the  re- 
mainder of  his  life.  He  was  a  man  of  great  frame,  large 
bone,  and  of  great  strength  for  labor,  when  in  the  prime  of 
life  particularly  at  mowing.  It  may  be  said  of  the  whole 
of  those  ten  Messenger  brothers,  that  they  were  uncommon- 
ly great,  strong  men. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Simeon  Messenger,  1746,  1821,  75. 
Mary  Paine,  1825. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Betsy,  1770.  Married  Noah  Q-ibbert. 

Hira,  1772.  Died  single. 

Simeon,  Jun.,  1773.  Married  Lucy  Daniels. 

Trueman,  1775.  Moved     to     State     of      New 


Loditha,  1777.  Married    1st,     John    Wright; 

2d,  A  very  Brown. 

Diadama,  1779,  1830,  51.  Married  John  Higley. 

William,  1781.  Married  Ruth  Miller. 

Elihu,  1783.  Married  Polly  Merritt. 


JOHN  OWEN,  the  great  ancestor  of  most  of  the  Owens, 
was  a  native  of  Wales,  Great  Britain.  He  was  among  the 
first  settlers  of  Windsor.  He  married  Rebecca  Wade,  A.  D. 
1650.  Their  children  were,  Josias,  born  1651;  then  two  in 
succession  by  the  name  of  John,  who  both  died  in  childhood; 
Nathaniel,  born  1656;  Daniel,  born  1658;  Joseph,  born  1660; 
Mary,  born  1662;  Benjamin,  born  1664.  The  late  John 
Owen,  Esq.,  of  Simsbury,  was  a  descendant  of  Josias,  one 
of  the  aforementioned  sons.  Isaac  Owen  married  Sarah 
Holcomb.  They  had  two  sons.  Isaac,  Jim.,  or  2d,  was  the 
ancestor  of  the  Owens  in  Turkey  Hills,  or  East  Granby. 
Elijah,  the  second  son  of  the  first  Isaac,  and  grandson  of 
the  first  John  Owen,  was  the  ancestor  of  another  family 
of  Owens,  who  removed  to  the  State  of  Massachusetts; 
also,  a  family  of  Alfords,  the  children  of  Benedict  Alford 
and  Rebecca  Owen  who  removed  to  Vermont  about  1790; 
also  of  Hannah,  the  wife  of  Capt.  John  Brown,  the  mother 
of  the  Brown  family  that  were  reared  up  in  Canton  the 
latter  part  of  the  last  century. 

CAPT.  ABRAHAM  PETTIBONE,  SEN.,  son  of  Samuel 
Pettibone,  Jun.,  and  great  grandson  of  the  first  John  Petti- 
bone,  was  an  early  settler  in  West  Britain,  now  Burlington. 
His  landed  property  lay  on  the  confines  of  Burlington,  New 
Hartford  and  Canton.  He  is  entitled  to  a  place  in  these  short 
sketches,  as  numbers  of  his  descendants  were  connected  with, 
and  became  inhabitants  of  Canton,  and  there  lie  buried  the 
remains  of  the  early  fathers,  and  mothers,  of  their  race.  He, 
for  first  wife,  married  Jerusha  Pinney,  of  Simsbury;  for 
second,  daughter  of  Dea.  Michael  Humphrey,  and  widow 
of  Lieut.  Sadosa  Wilcox. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Abraham  Pettibone,    1727,  1797,  70. 

Children  by  1st  wife.    Born.  Died.  Age. 

Abraham,  Jun.,  1751,  1834,  83.      Married    1st,    Amelia     Smith; 

2d,  Huldah  Prindle, 










1753,  1815,  62.     Married       Seth     Spencer,     of 
New  Hartford. 

1755,  1778,  23.      Died  aboard  of  prison-ship  in 

New  York. 

1756,  1784,  28.      Married  George  Humphrey. 
1761,  1821,  60.      Married  Mary  Humphrey. 
1766,  1801,  35.      Married  Hannah  Merrell. 
1763,  1801,  38.      Married  Lydia  Humphrey. 
1772,  1855,  83.     Married  Joseph  Dyer. 
1769,  1834,  65.     Married  Esther  Whitmore. 
1774,  1814,  40.      Married    1st    Lovisa     Nobles, 

of     Westfield,     Mass.;      2d. 
Pamelia  Whitmore. 

Children  by  2d  wife. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

1782,  1848,  66. 
1786,  1822,  36. 

Married  Horatio  Gates,  of 
Douglass,  Mass.;  now  liv- 
ing, (1856.) 

Married  John  Beck  with. 

Married  Norman  Humphrey. 

THOMAS  PHELPS  settled  in  West  Simsbury,  (now 
Canton,)  in  the  year  1745.  He  first  resided  on  the  place 
now  owned  by  Richard  Case.  His  wife,  Margaret  Watson, 
a  near  relative  (supposed  to  be  aunt)  of  the  noted  James 
Watson,  who  flourished  in  New  York  in  the  latter  part 
of  the  Eighteenth  century,  and  was  noted  for  enterprise, 
wealth  and  respectability. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Thomas  Phelps,  1710,  1777,  67. 

Margaret  Watson,        1717,  1777,  60. 



Born.  Died.  Age. 


1740,  1789,  49. 

2d  wife  of  Hezekiah  Adams. 

Was  father  of  the  late  Anson 
G.  Phelps.  of  New  York; 
married  Dorothy  Wood- 
bridge,  granddaughter  of 
Rev.  Timothy  Woodbridge. 








1747,  1776,  29. 
1749,  1825,  76. 
1752,  1777,  24. 
1755,  1784,  29. 

Married  Moses  Cook. 

2d  wife  of  Daniel  Graham. 
Married  James  Merritt. 

Married  Phebe . 

Married  Joel  Barber. 

BENJAMIN  PHELPS,  brother  of  Thomas  Phelps,  with 
Lydia  Palmer,  his  first  wife,  came  from  Windsor  to  West 

Simsbury,  about  the  year .       He  lived  on  the  place 

now  owned  by  Richard  Case. 

Parents-  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Benjamin  Phelps,         1718,  1785,  67. 

1st  wife,  Lydia  Pal- 
mer, 1740,  1776,  36. 

2d  wife,  Elizabeth 

Goodhue,  1812. 

Children  by  1st  wife. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

Benjamin,  Jun.  , 

1769,  1775,     6. 
1770,  1802,  31.    Married  Freeman  Graham 

1776,  1776. 

Children  by  2d  wife 

Born.  Died,  Age. 


1780,  1832,  52. 
1782,  1850,  68.      Died     in     the    State    of 


WILLIAM  PAINE  settled  on  the  place  now  owned  by 
Elijah  Whiting,  about  the  year  1758.  He  had  sons  of 
the  names  of  Jesse,  Isaac,  Abraham,  Ezra  and  Eber.  The 
names  of  the  daughters  are  not  known  to  the  writer.  The 
family  removed  out  of  West  Simsbury  on  to  the  farm  now 
owned  by  Dea.  Charles  Richards,  of  New  Hartford. 


JOB  PHELP8,  son  of  Thomas,  Sen.,  and  Margaret  Phelps, 

married  Phebe ,  about  1772.     The  wife  and  mother 

died  in  1776,  aged  20.  He  resided  on  the  east  side  of  the 
road,  east  of  the  house  now  owned  by  the  family  of  the  late 
Robert  Case,  Jun.,  deceased.  After  the  death  of  his  wife  he 
went  into  the  army;  was  camp  waiter  to  Capt.  John  Brown, 
in  1776,  and  died  of  small-pox  in  1777. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Job  Phelps, 
Phebe  , 

1752,  1777,  24. 
1756,  1776,  20. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Job,  Jun.,  or  2d. 

1775,  1775. 

GEORGE  PHELPS,  with  William,  his  brother,  came 
from  England.  George  was  the  great  ancestor  of  Thomas 
and  Benjamin  Phelps.  The  descent  from  George  to  Thomas 
was  followed  down  through,  by  the  name  of  three  Abrahams, 
in  direct  succession. 

DARIUS  PRIEST  and  Hepzibah ,  his  wife,  re- 
sided in  West  Simsbury  as  early  as  1768.  He  resided  on 
several  different  farms  during  his  life;  was  a  remarkably 
strong  man  for  labor;  his  two  oldest  children  were  cut  down 
in  the  autumn  of  1776,  by  the  dysentery,  which  was  then 
prevalent  and  very  mortal  in  this  part  of  the  country. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Darius  Priest,  1744,  1801,  57. 

Hepzibah ,  1751,  1801,  50. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Cyntha,  1769,  1776,     7. 

Mary,  1772,  1776,    4. 


Darius,  Jun.,  1775. 

William,  1778. 

Hepzibah.  1787,  1806,  19,     Was   living   with    Mr.    Hosea 


WILLIAM  ROBERTS,  IST.  There  were  among  the 
early  settlers  of  West  Simsbury,  two  by  the  name  of  Wil- 
liam Roberts.  It  is  not  known  what  relationship  they  sus- 
tained to  each  other,  if  any.  They  will  be  here  distinguished 
in  this  work  by  the  term  of  1st  and  2d.  William  Roberts, 
1st,  was  among  the  pioneers  of  the  town  of  Canton.  His 
residence  was  on  land,  now  the  east  part  of  the  farm  of 
Israel  W.  Graham.  His  wife  was  Hannah  —  — .  They 
probably  had  several  children,  but  nothing  is  known  to  the 
writer  except  what  follows,  viz.,  their  daughter  Anna,  who 
was  born  in  1748,  became  the  wife  of  Abel  Adams.  Rec- 
ord te  11s  us  also,  that  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Roberts  buried  a  daugh- 
ter Susannah,  born  in  1756,  and  died  the  same  year.  The 
parents,  about  the  time  of  the  commencement  of  the  Ameri- 
can Revolution,  removed  to  the  State  of  Yermont,  which 
closes  their  history  as  it  respects  Canton. 

WILLIAM  ROBERTS,  2o,  commenced  family  state, 
with  his  wife  Phebe  Wilcox,  about  1756.  They  resided  in 
the  vicinity  of  the  village  of  Collinsville.  He  lost  his  life  in 
attempting  to  cross  the  dam  at  Segur's  mill,  at  low  water. 
An  axe  that  he  was  known  to  have  with  him  when  he  was 
last  seen,  was  found  near  the  dam,  although  his  body  had 
floated  down  stream  many  rods.  His  death  happened  about 
the  year  1774  His  widow  afterward  married  John  Wallen, 
of  New  Hartford. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

William  Roberts,  2d. 
Phebe  Wilcox. 



William,  Jun., 

Mind  well, 



Born.  Died,  Age. 

Married  a  daughter  of  the  late 

Daniel  Moses. 
1824.  Married      Margaret      Merrill; 

she  died,  1824. 
1837,  76.     Married       Riverius      Bidwell, 


1816.  Married  David  Taylor. 

1789.  Died  unmarried. 

1833,  64.     Married     Gurdon    Humphrey, 

father  of  the  late  Mrs.  Eliza 


1844.  Married  William  Humphrey. 

Married  Thomas  Gleason. 

HEZEKIAH  RICHARDS,  with  his  wife,  whose  maiden 
name  was  Sarah  Case,  settled  at  the  south-west  part  of 
West  Simsbury,  near  the  confines  of  New  Hartford  and  Bur- 
lington. He  resided  on  the  premises  now  owned  by  his 
grandson,  William  J.  Richards.  They  had  five  children,  four 
sons  and  one  daughter.  The  time  of  their  settlement  in 
West  Simsbury  was  A.  D.  1761. 


Hezekiah  Richards. 
Sarah  Case. 

Born.  Died.  Age, 

1732,  1776,  44. 
1734,  1799,  65. 

Children.  Bom.  Died.  Age. 

Hezekiah,  Jun.,  1757,  1831,  74.      Married     1st,       Miss     Moses; 

2d, . 

Timothy,  1760,  1782,  22. 

Samuel,  1763, 1837,  74.     Married     1st,    Ede    Case;    2d, 

Naomi  Simons. 

Sarah,  1766,  1853,  87,      Married  Michael  Braughton. 

Jonah,  1769,  1850,  81.      Married  Nancy  Cornwall. 


THOMAS  SUGDEN  came  from  England  as  a  soldier 
in  the  British  army.  It  is  understood  that  he  deserted  from 
the  British  service.  He  came  to  Connecticut  in  1777,  and 
married  Persia  Dunham,  of  New  Britain,  where  he  com- 
menced family  state,  but  soon  removed  to  the  south-west 
part  of  Simsbury,  Old  Parish;  from  the  latter  place  he  in 
1802,  removed  to  Canton,  North  school-district,  and  settled 
on  the  place  now  owned  by  Marvin  Case. 


Thomas  Sugden, 
Persia  Dunham, 

Born-  Died.  Age, 

1759,  1819,    60. 
1759,  1834,    75. 

Thomas,  Jun., 


Sarah,  or  Sally, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 


1786,  1843,    57. 


1790,  1808,    18. 


1796,  1815,    19. 

Married  Elizabeth  Hull. 

Married  Thede  Humphrey; 
removed  to  Hartland  in 
1812,  then  to  Michigan  in 

Married  Flora  Moses;  re- 
moved to  Hartford  in  1838, 
where  he  died  in  1843. 

Married  Elisha  Pettibone. 

Died  single. 

Married  David  Taylor. 

Died  single. 

JOHN  SEGUE,  with  his  first  wife  Elizabeth,  came  from 
the  east  part  of  Simsbury,  and  settled  in  West  Granby,  ad- 
joining the  premises  of  Noah  and  Levi  Case,  about  the  year 


John  Segur, 

1st  wife,  Elizabeth, 

2d  wife,  Huldah, 
3d  wife,  Deliverance 


Born-  Died.  Age. 

1725,  1808,    83. 
1729,  1760,    31. 


1728.  1801.    73. 

Her    infant    was   buried 



Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Elizabeth,  1795.  Married  Jesse  Steele, 

Annah,  1758,  1779,  21. 

Infant,  1760,  1760. 

John.  Died  young. 

Augustus,  1839.  Married  daughter  of   Eli  Tul- 



Two  infants,  1.768,  1768. 

Mary,  1770,  1779,      9. 

JOSEPH  SEGUE,  JUN.,  was  an  early  settler  in  West 
Simsbury.  He  resided  on  the  west  side  of  Farmington  river. 
His  house  stood  where  is  now  the  center  of  Collinsville, 
west  village.  The  farm  that  he  owned,  now  belongs  to  the 
Collins  Company,  and  Samuel  W.  Collins,  Esq.  During  a 
great  share  of  his  family  state  previous  to  1795,  he  tended 
the  grist-mill,  then  called  Segur's  Mill.  The  mill  stood  the 
east  side  of  the  river  some  eight  or  ten  rods  south  of  the 
main  bridge,  the  great  flat  rock  in  the  middle  of  the  river, 
making  the  middle  part  of  the  dam,  which  was  a  low  one. 
He  daily  crossed  the  river  in  his  canoe,  to  go  to  and  from  the 
grist-mill,  when  the  river  was  not  frozen  sufficient  to  be  safe 
crossing  on  the  ice.  Among  his  children  were  Israel,  Charles, 
Benoni,  the  wife  of  Eliphalet  Alford,  and  two  other  daugh- 
ters. He,  with  his  son  Benoni,  removed  to  New  Hartford 
in  1805,  to  spend  the  remainder  of  his  days,  where  he  and 
his  wife  died  in  1818.  The  family  are  now  gone  from  this 
town.  His  father  Joseph  Segur,  Sen.,  married  Dorothy  Al- 
ford in  1730.  The  writer  will  relate  one  little  incident  con- 
nected with  that  mill,  which  made  some  sport  among  the 
people  at  the  time  being.  Mr.  Chauncey  Gleason,  a  trader 
in  the  East  Village,  then  called  Suffrage,  having  a  quantity  of 
brimstone  in  the  roll  or  lump,  wishing  to  pulverize  it  into 
fine  sulphur,  (an  article  sometimes  used  in  families  at  that 
time,)  carried  a  large  quantity  of  it  to  Segur's  mill  to  be 
ground,  in  the  year  1789-90;  it  was  put  into  the  corn-mill, 


but  it  soon  took  fire  and  flamed  up  frightfully.  Gleason  ran 
to  the  river  and  brought  water  in  his  hat  to  extinguish  the 
names.  The  undertaking  soon  proved  a  failure,  and  in  the 
operation,  Mr.  Gleason  having  on  a  valuable  broadcloth  coat, 
spoiled  it  for  use;  the  mill  became  thoroughly  scented  with 
the  itch  antidote,  and  the  event  was  well  spread  abroad. 
A  neighboring  poor  family  had  a  small  grist  of  indian  corn 
ground  in  the  mill  afterward,  and  in  trying  to  bake  some 
of  the  meal  in  johnny  cakes  before  the  fire,  their  cakes  ignited 
and  blazed  up.  A  man  by  the  name  of  Bethuel  Parker,  an 
apt  poetical  genius,  wrote  a  lengthy  and  apt  poem  on  this 
laughable  subject,  entitled  "Hell  upon  Earth,  or  Brimstone 
in  the  Grist-Mill,"  touching  upon  different  parts  of  the 
scene,  something  after  the  manner  of  Cowper's  John  Gilpin. 
He  compared  the  blazing  of  the  mill  and  johnny  cakes,  to 
Mount  2Etna  in  a  blaze.  The  closing  lines  were: 

"  Then  Segur  cries  out  in  bitterness  of  soul, 
Have  mercy,  Lord,  though  I  did  take  large  toll." 

CALEB  SPENCEE,  with  his  wife  Hannah 

— ,  came 

from  Hartford,  and  first  settled  and  built  near  the  dwelling- 
house  of  the  late  Giles  Lattimer.  He  subsequently  bought 
of  Daniel  Barber,  of  Simsbury,  and  lived  and  died  on  the 
place  now  owned  by  his  great  grandson,  Amos  L.  Spencer, 
North  Canton.  He  settled  in  this  town  about  1756. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Caleb  Spencer, 

1735,  1816,  81. 

Hannah  Spencer, 

1735,  1798,  63. 

Children  . 

Born.  Died.  Age. 






1762,  1770,     8. 


1768,  1770,     2. 


1772,  1847,  75. 

Hannah,  about 


Married  Betsey  Little, 
Married  Faith  Mills. 

Married  Candace  Case. 
Married  George  Lattimer. 


SMITH,  married  a  daughter  of  Nathaniel  Alford, 

1st.  He,  with  his  brother-in-law,  Joseph  Tiff,  resided  away 
from  the  road,  south  of  the  John  Hill  farm,  near  the  south 
end  of  the  east  mountain.  He  was  known  by  the  vulgar 
name  of  Noggy  Smith.  He  removed  to  Vermont  about 
A.  D.  1786. 

JOSEPH  TIFF,  with  his  wife  Susan,  daughter  of  Na- 
thaniel Alford,  1st,  lived  with  his  brother-in-law  Smith,  on 
the  East  Hill.  The  family  have  long  been  gone  from  this 
town.  This  is  all  that  can  now  be  ascertained  respecting 
these  two  families,  that  had  a  place  among  the  first  settlers. 

SOLOMON  THOMAS  was  an  early  settler  in  West 
Simsbury.  He,  with  his  wife  Lugia,  lived  on  the  place  now 
owned  by  Miles  and  Mills  Foot.  His  son  Samuel  lived  with 
them.  They  both  removed  to  Otis,  Mass.,  about  the  year 
1798,  where  the  old  gentleman  died  the  beginning  of  the 
present  century,®  aged  about  90.  His  wife  had  died  in  the 
year  1779;  she  was  also  daughter  of  Nathaniel  Alford,  1st. 
But  little  more  is  known  about  this  family. 

WILLIAM  TATLOB,  with  his  second  wife  Kuth,  the 

widow  of Higgins,  came  from  Middletown  about  the 

year  1756,  and  settled  on  premises  now  owned  by  Alson  Bar- 
ber. They  both  had  previously  been  married  to  other  part- 
ners, and  he  had  children,  John  and  Mary,  and  probably 
others.  She,  by  her  first  marriage,  had  Nathaniel  Higgins, 
who  died  in  1809,  aged  60  years.  The  time  of  the  birth,  death, 
or  age,  of  Mr.  Taylor's  first  children  is  not  known.  Mr.  Taylor, 
in  the  early  part  of  his  life,  previous  to  coming  to  West  Sims- 
bury,  was  a  seaman.  His  oldest  son  John  resided  at  or  near 
the  place  now  occupied  by  Martin  Moses.  Mr.  Taylor  died 


of  the  small-pox;  he  was  quite  sure  that  he  had  had  it  in 
the  West  Indies;  but  when  his  son  John's  children  had  it, 
and  seeing  how  hard  it  went  with  them,  he  was  led  to  be- 
lieve that  he  might  be  mistaken  with  regard  to  himself,  and 
was  accordingly  inocculated  with  the  small-pox  and  died, 
and  was  buried  on  the  hill  north-west  of  the  house  of  Elijah 


William  Taylor, 
Ruth  Higgins, 


William,  Jun,, 


Born.  Died.  Age. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Married  Asa  Wilcox. 
1757,  1835,  78.      Married  Abigail  Case. 

1814.  Married  Amelia  Humphrey. 

1840.  Married    1st   Lucina    Roberts; 

2d,  Mario w  Johnson. 
1767,  1811,  43.      Married  Zilpah  Case. 

ENSIGN  ISAAC  TULLEE  was  an  early  settler  in  West 
Simsbury.  He  removed  from  the  Old  Parish  about  1749. 
He  was  the  third  son  of  Sarah  Woodford,  who  died  in  1797, 
aged  100  years.  He  resided  on  the  place  that  was  afterward 
occupied  by  his  son  Rufus,  and  is  now  (1855)  the  property 
of  Augustus  H.  Carrier. 

There  were  eleven  children  in  this  family,  three  sons  and 
eight  daughters,  all  of  whom  lived  to  adult  years,  and  ten  of 
them  had  children. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Isaac  Tuller,  1720,  1806,  86.      Married  1746. 

Phebe  Case,  1728, 1799,  71.     Daughter  of  James  Case. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Phebe,  1747, 1776,  29.  Married  James  Case,  son  of 

Josiah  Case. 

Isaac,  Jun.,  1749,  1776,  28.  Died  in  the  army  at  Bergen, 

N.  J. 


Deliverance,  1751,1805,  54.  Married  Isaac  Wilcox. 

Ruth,  1755,  1818,  63.  Married     Frederick      Humph- 


Esther,  1757,  1851.  94.  Married  Elijah  Hill. 

Lois,  1759,  1797,  37.  Married  James  Lawrence. 

Sarah,  1761,1812,51.  Married  Ozias  Northway. 

Aseneth,  1763,  1815,  52.  Married  Jonathan  Merrell. 

Amasa,  1765,  1792,  27.  Married  Sylvia  Case. 

Ruf  as,*  1767.  Married  Matilda  Case. 

Chloe,  1770,  1845,  75.  Married  Timothy  Cadwell. 


SAMUEL  WILCOX,  (then  spelt  Wilcoxson,)  was  the 
ancestor  of  all  those  that  bear  the  name  of  Wilcox  in  this 
vicinity.  He  was  an  early  settler  in  Simsbury,  but  the  exact 
time  is  not  known.  It  appears  that  he  resided  at  Meadow 
Plain,  and  as  Avon,  adjoining  to  Simsbury,  had  at  its  early 
existence,  some  families  of  that  name,  it  is  probable  that 
they  sprung  from  this  early  stock  through  Samuel,  2d,  the 
oldest  son  of  the  first  Samuel.  He  had  three  sons,  viz.,  Sam- 
uel, 2d,  William  and  Joseph.  It  is  not  known  that  any  of 
the  descendants  of  the  second  Samuel  ever  settled  in  West 
Simsbury.  Samuel,  2d,  had  sons,  Joseph,  born  1701; 
Ephraim,  born  1707,  and  probably  others.  William,  son  of 
the  first  Samuel,  had  sons,  John,  William,  2d,  known  by  the 
title  of  Dea.  William,  Amos  and  Azariah.  Dea.  William  had 
sons,  William,  3d,  or  Lieut.  William  who  settled  in  West 
Simsbury.  (See  History  of  Lieut.  William,  Wilcox.)  Amos, 
another  brother  of  Dea.  William,  had  Amos,  2d,  called  Col. 
Amos,  three  brothers  and  five  sisters;  none  of  them  became 
residents  of  this  town.  Azariah  had  sons,  Elisha,  1st,  Aaron, 
and  others.  Elisha  was  father  of  the  late  Elisha,  2d,  and 
Col.  Azariah,  and  was  the  ancestor  of  Harvey  and  Chester 

•The  oldest  person  now  (1856)  living  in  Canton,  being  in  his  89th  year. 


and  their  sisters.  Joseph,  1st,  the  third  son  of  Samuel,  1st, 
born  1674,  was  the  father  of  the  Joseph  Wilcox,  race  in  Can- 
ton. ( See  History  of  Joseph,  Wilcox  1st,  and  %d.)  There 
was  raised  up  in  the  north-east  part  of  Simsbury  or  Granby, 
Joseph  "Wilcox,  Esq.,  who  was  son  to  the  second  Samuel; 
this  Joseph  was  justice  of  the  peace,  representative,  &c.,  for 
some  twenty  years,  subsequent  to  1738,  who  is  supposed  to 
be  father  of  Joseph  and  Hosea  Wilcox,  of  Norfolk,  who  were 
old  men  at  Norfolk  in  1800,  but  were  never  inhabitants  of 
Canton.  Joseph,  1st,  was  the  father  of  Joseph  Jun.,  Heze- 
kiah,  Nathaniel,  Ezra,  1st,  or  Sen.,  and  sisters. 

There  was  an  Ephraim  Wilcox,  appeared  in  West  Sims- 
bury  about  1746.  He  might  be  a  brother  of  Esquire  Joseph, 
but  this  is  uncertain.  Ephraim,  aforementioned,  married 
the  widow  of  Thomas  Bid  well,  Sen.,  and  was  the  father  of 
Philander,  Martin,  Asa  and  Jehiel.  (See  History  of  Phi- 
lander Wilcox  and  Brothers.} 

JOSEPH  WILCOX,  SEN.,  was  son  of  the  first  Samuel 
Wilcox,  (then  spelt  Wilcoxson.)  He  came  from  the  Old 
Parish  to  reside  among  his  sons  and  spend  the  latter  part 
of  his  days  with  them;  when  he  came  to  West  Simsbury  is 
not  definitely  known. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Joseph  Wilcox,  Sen.,    1674,  1770.  96.      Married  1703. 

Abigail  Thrall,  17—.  Daughter  of  Timothy  Thrall. 

Children,  as  far  as  known.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Joseph,  Jun.,  1706,  1759,  53.      Married     Elizabeth     Humph- 

rey, 1735. 

Sarah,  1712. 

HezeMah,  1713,  1789,  75. 

Nathaniel  )  1791)  72'     A     GriPPle5    married     Rachel 

'  (.  Twins,       1719,  Moses. 

Mary,          )  1756,  37.      Married     Samuel    Humphrey, 

3d,  1731. 
Ezra,  1723,  1786,  63.     Married  Mary  Humphrey. 


JOSEPH  WILCOX,  JUN.,  with  his  wife,  came  to  West 
Simsbury  about  the  year  1788.  He  lived  on  the  place  which 
was  afterward  owned  by  his  nephew,  Ezra  Wilcox,  Jun., 
nearly  opposite  the  present  mouth  of  Cherries  brook.  He 
was  called  a  man  of  uncommon  strength  and  resolution. 
He  was  killed  instantly  by  a  fall  from  a  scaffold  in  his  barn, 
A.  D.  1759.  He  was  donor  of  the  land  for  the  South-bury- 
ing ground. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Joseph  Wilcox,  Jun.,   1706,  1759,  53. 
Elizabeth  Humphrey, 

Married  1735. 

Daughter   of  Samuel  Humph- 

NATHANIEL  WILCOX,  son  of  Joseph,  Sen.,  with  his 
wife,  came  to  West  Simsbury  about  the  year  1743.  He 
settled  on  land  around  the  site  of  the  old  first  bridge,  on 
Farmington  river.  His  house  stood  at  the  foot  of  the  hill 
on  the  west  side  of  the  river,  west  of  the  old  bridge  place. 
The  bridge  then  stood  some  twenty  rods  south  of  the  present 
bridge,  and  west  of  the  house  of  Harlow  Case.  The  old  road 
went  up  the  steep  hill  west  of  his  house;  some  remains  of 
it  are  still  to  be  seen. 


Nathaniel  Wilcox, 
Rachel  Moses, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1719,  1791,  72. 

Married  1743. 


Nathaniel,  Jun., 



Born.  Died.  Age. 



Died  in  the  army. 

Died  a  prisoner. 

Married  Joseph  Hawkins. 

His  widow  married  Dr.  Na- 
thaniel Hooker. 

Married  1st,  Carter; 

2d, Monger. 

Married  Joseph  Snath. 

Died  at  the  house  of  Elisha 
Cornish,  Simsbury. 


LIEUT.  WILLIAM  WILCOX,  son  of  Dea.  William  Wil- 
cox,  of  Simsbury,  Meadow  Plain,  with  his  wife,  whose 
maiden  mame  was  Lucy  Case,  daughter  of  John  Case,  3d, 
came  to  West  Simsbury  about  the  year  1750.  He  settled 
on  land  now  belonging  to  Ruggles  Case,  Esq.  They  had 
thirteen  children  including  three  who  died  in  infancy  or 


William  Wilcox, 
Lucy  Case, 


William,  Jun., 
Mary . 







Born.  Died.  Age. 

1727,  1775,    48. 
1732,  1805,    73. 

Born.   Died.  Age. 

Married  Moses  Case. 

Married    1st,    Thankful    Mills; 

2d,  Abigail  Case. 
1756,  1827,    71.    Married  1st,  Mercy    Case,   2d, 

Mrs.  Anna  Moses. 
Married       Eliphalet       Curtis. 


1763,  1818,    55.     Married  Sarah  Case. 
1761.  Married  Zimri  Barber. 

1765,  1807,    43.    Married  Lucretia  Hayes. 
1767.  Married  Dudley  Mills. 

1773,  1833,    61.    Married  Esther  Merrett. 

1774,  1823,    48.    Married  Sophia  Denslow. 

CAPT.  CHAELES  WILCOX,  son  of  Lieut.  William, 
married  1771,  for  his  first  wife,  Thanks  Mills,  daughter  of 
Dea.  Joseph  Mills.  They  had  three  little  sons,  viz.,  Philemon, 
born,  1772;  Charles  born  1774,  and  Billy,  born  1775.  These 
three  with  their  mother,  all  died  between  the  28th  of  August 
and  the  12th  of  September,  1776,  of  the  malignant  dysen- 
tery, a  disease  that  raged  at  that  time  in  the  army,  and 
among  the  citizens  at  home,  through  a  great  portion  of  the 
northern  states. 

The  husband  and  father  of  the  deceased  ones  subsequent- 
ly married  Abigail,  daughter  of  Capt.  Zacheus  Case.  They 


were  the  parents  of  Abigail,  Thanks,  Achsah  and  Philemon; 
but  another  dreadful  stroke  awaited  them,  for  in  September, 
1787,  Achsah,  aged  3  years,  and  Philemon  aged  10  months, 
died  of  the  dreadful  disease  called  croup  or  rattles  in  the 
throat.  They  died  on  the  27th  of  September,  1787,  but 
fifteen  minutes  apart  and  were  both  buried  in  one  coffin. 
They  afterward  had  (as  it  is  understood)  four  children. 

COL.  WILLIAM  WILCOX,  the  fourth  of  the  name  in 
direct  succession,  and  son  of  Lieut.  William  and  Mrs.  Lucy 
Wilcox.  For  his  first  wife  he  married  Mercy,  daughter  of 
Capt.  Zacheus  Case,  and  for  his  second,  Anna,  widow  of 
Lieut.  Daniel  Moses,  whose  maiden  name  was  Anna  Edg- 
erton.  He  resided  on  the  premises,  and  erected  the  house 
now  owned  by  his  son  Orville  Wilcox,  in  the  North  school - 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

William  Wilcox,  1758,  1827,  69.    Married  December  22d,  1779. 

1st  wife,  Mercy  Case,    1761,  1809,  48. 
2d   wife,    Anna    Edg- 
erton,     '  1775,  1846,   71. 


William,  Jun., 









Born.   Died.    Age. 

1780,  1806,   26. 

1782.  Married     1st,     Roxy     McFar- 

land;  2d,  Mercy  Rice. 

1785,  1826,  41.  Married  Temperance  Case. 

1787,  1849,   62.  Married  Cyrene  Johnson. 

1792.  Married     widow     of    Chester 


1796.  Married  Louisa  C.  Wright. 

1789,  1837,  47.  Married  Rosanna  Gwin. 

1798,  1835,   37.  Died  single. 

1800.  Married  Almira  Reed. 

1802,  1854,   52.  Married  Lucius  Brooks. 

1812.  Married  Marvin  Case. 


COL.  AZAKIAH  WILCOX,  son  of  Elisha  Wilcox,  Sen., 
and  grandson  of  Azariah  Wilcox,  1st.  He  resided  on  the 
place  now  owned  by  Sidney  S.  Sexton,  in  the  Farms 
school-district.  He  married  a  daughter  of  Benajah  Humph- 
rey, Jun. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Azariah  Wilcox,  1814,    58. 

Hepzibeth        Humph- 


Benajah,  about 

Tammy  Lovet, 
Azariah  Jay, 

Born.  Died.  Age, 



1795,  1812,    18. 

Drowned  at  Tariff ville. 
Married  Henry  Harrington. 

SEBG.  EZEA  WILCOX,  SEN.,  with  his  wife  Mary, 
daughter  of  Samuel  Humphrey,  2d,  removed  from  the  Old 
Parish  to  West  Simsbury  about  A.  D.  1743,  His  place  of 
residence  was  on  the  west  side  of  the  river,  opposite  the 
mouth  of  Cherries  brook.  He  married  for  his  second  wife, 
Rhoda,  widow  of  Philip  Harris. 


Ezra  Wilcox, 
Mary  Humphrey, 

Ezra,  Jun., 

Rachel,  ( twins, 
Mary,     ) 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

1723,  1786,    63. 

Born-  Died.  Age. 

1746,  1807,    61.    Married  Rosanna  Case. 

1756,    8. 

1759,  1777,  18. 

Married   Joseph    Mabison, 

New  Canaan,  N.  Y. 
Married  Deliverance  Tuller. 
Married  John  Nearing. 
Married  William  Noble. 
Died  single. 





Removed  to  the  region  of 
Whitestown,  N.  Y.,  1791. 

Removed  to  the  region  of 
Whitestown,  N.  Y.,  1791. 

Married  Obadiah  Taylor. 

Married  Samuel  Humphrey, 
Jun.,or  5th. 

EZRA  WILCOX,   JUN.,  son  of  Ezra  Wilcox  and  Mary 
Humphrey.     He  married  Rosanna,  daughter  of  Dea.   Abra- 
ham and  Mrs.  Rachel  Case.     He  resided  on  the  premises 
owned  and  occupied  by  his  uncle,  Joseph  Wilcox,  Jun.,      e- 
ceased,  near  the  confluence  of  the  turnpike  and  the  river  road. 


Ezra     Wilcox, 

Rosanna  Case, 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

1746,  1807,  61. 
1746,  1807,  61. 











Born.  Died.  Age- 

1769,  1815,  46. 



1775,  1830,  55. 






Both  were  born  and  both  died 
the  same  year. 

Married  Arabella  Dyer. 
Married  Jesse  Moory. 

Married Nearing. 

Married  Chloe  Woodford. 
Married  Giles  Woodford. 
Married  James  Moses. 

Died  single. 

Still  lives  single,  (1856.) 

ISAAC  WILCOX,  second  son  of  Ezra  Wilcox,  Sen., 
married  Deliverance,  daughter  of  Ensign  Isaac  Tuller.  He 
resided  on  the  premises  and  erected  the  dwelling-house  now 
owned  by  Zenas  and  Daniel  Dyer.  In  the  year  1801,  he 
removed  to  Pompey,  State  of  New  York. 


Parents.  Born   Died.  Age. 

Isaac  Wilcox,  1753. 

Deliverance  fuller,  1751,1805,    54. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Isaac,  Jun.  Married  Margaret  Tooly. 


CAPT.  DANIEL  WILCOX.  He  married  Lydia,  daugh- 
ter of  Samuel  Humphrey,  2d,  1737.  He  resided  on  the  place 
now  occupied  by  Julius  Case  about  the  year  1750.  He  lost 
his  property  by  being  bound  for  the  owners  of  the  old  forge, 
which  was  swept  away  by  a  flood  from  its  place,  on  the 
north-east  side  of  the  river,  above  the  old  school-house 
place.  They  had  no  children. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Daniel  Wilcox. 

Lydia  Humphrey,         1775. 

COL.  AMOS  WILCOX,  with  his  wife,  Hannah  Hoskins, 
came  from  the  Old  Parish  and  settled  on  land  now  belong- 
ing to  Capt.  Jerry  Wilcox,  his  grandson,  about  the  year 
1752.  They  had  nine  children,  six  sons  and  three  daughters; 
seven  of  them  settled  in  family  state  and  raised  up  families. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Amos  Wilcox,  1726,  1785,    59.    Married  1749. 

Hannah  Hoskins,          1726,  1779,    53. 

Children.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Amos,  Jun.,  1750,  1844,    94.     Married  Annah  Case. 

Hannah,  1755,  1801,    46.    First     wife    of    Ezra  Adams, 


David,  1753.  Married  Mary  Cornish . 

Roger,  1752,  1825,    73.     Married  Elizabeth  Case. 



Joel,      ) 
Betsy,   jtwins' 

1758,  1828,  70.      Married    Rev.  Seth    Sage:    he 

died  1822. 
1763,  1807,  45. 

1826,  61. 

1810,  45.      First  wife  of  William  Merrell. 
1767,  1847,  79.      Married  Climena  Mills. 

AMOS  WILCOX,  JUN.,  son  of  Amos  Wilcox,  Sen. 
He  with  his  wife  Annah,  daughter  of  Capt.  Josiah  Case, 
commenced  family  state  about  1772.  He  resided  on  the 
premises  now  owned  by  Salmon  Matson,  in  the  north-east 
corner  of  the  town. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Amos  Wilcox,  Jun.,     1750.1844,    94. 
Annah  Case,  1750,  1833,    83. 


Annah,  2d, 


Amos,  3d, 







Born.  Died.  Age. 




Married  Gad  Curtis. 
Married Lattimer. 

Married  Timothy  Graham. 
Married  Jedadiah  Wilcox. 

EPHBAIM  WILCOX,  married  Kuhamah,  widow  of 
Thomas  Bidwell,  Sen.,  and  resided  on  the  premises  left  by 
said  Thomas,  for  a  number  of  years  They  had  four  sons, 
viz.,  Philander,  Jehiel,  Asa,  Martin,  and  one  daughter,  Chloe, 
who  married  Elijah  Humphrey. 


PHILANDEE  WILCOX  settled  on  the  farm  previously 
owned  by  William  Payne.  He,  for  his  first  wife,  married 
Abigail  Fuller;  she  died  1785,  leaving  two  daughters.  He 
for  his  second  wife,  married  Mercia  Moses,  by  whom  he  had 
two  more  daughters;  one  of  them  married  Carmi  Case;  the 
other  married  Salmon  Barber.  He  removed  in  1803,  to 
Barkhamsted  Hollow,  where  he  resided  through  life  and 
died  in  1813.  His  widow  survived  him  some  years  and  died 
in  Barkhamsted. 

JEHIEL  W1LCOX,  brother  to  Philander,  married  a 
daughter  of  Saunders  Moore,  of  Granby.  He  resided  on  the 
farm  previously  owned  by  John  Taylor,  between  his  brothers 
Philander  and  Asa,  which  is  now  the  residence  of  Martin 

Moses.     He  removed  to  Barkhamsted  about  the  year , 

where  he  resided  till  about  1808,  when  he  removed  to  the 
State  of  Ohio,  where  he  spent  the  remainder  of  his  life,  and 
died  a  few  years  since,  aged  85. 

ASA  WILCOX,  another  brother,  resided  on  the  farm 
afterward  owned  by  Dea.  Alvin  Humphrey.  He  married  a 
daughter  of  William,  Sen.,  and  Ruth  Taylor.  They  had 
children,  Prudence,  Billy,  Asa,  and  others. 

settled  in  1745,  on  the  farm,  now  the  west  part  of  the  prem- 
ises of  Eliphalet  Case.  Their  house  stood  on  the  west 
side  of  Cherries  brook,  the  west  side  of  the  road,  a  few  rods 
north  of  the  bridge.  It  is  not  in  the  power  of  the  writer  to 
tell,  whether  they  two  were  brothers  or  father  and  son. 



Gamaliel  Ward, 
Elizabeth  Simons. 
Simeon  Ward, 


Mind  well. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 
1694,  1774,    80. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 
1740,  1825,  85. 

1754,  1777,  23. 

Married  Amos  Case,  Jun. 
Married  James  McNall. 
Married       Isaac       Messenger, 
Died  of  small-pox. 

UEIAH    WHITNEY,  with  his  wife,  Miss  Hart, 

of  Avon,  resided  in  the  Farms  school-district.  Among  their 
children  were  Samuel  and  Lucy,  and  others  not  known  to 
the  writer.  He  lived  on  the  farm  subsequently  owned  by 
Noble  Phelps.  The  buildings  then  stood  on  the  east  side  of 
the  highway,  northeasterly  from  the  dwelling  house  of  the 
late  said  Noble  Phelps,  deceased;  in  the  year  1801,  he  re- 
moved to  Granville,  Mass.  Nothing  further  is  known  of  his 
or  his  family's  history. 


[NoTE.  The  following  genealogical  notes  of  the  sons  of 
Dea.  Hosea  Case  were  not  received  in  time  for  insertion  in 
their  proper  alphabetical  order.] 

HOSEA  CASE,  JUN.,  first  son  of  Dea.  Hosea  Case.  He 
married  for  his  first  wife,  Khoda,  daughter  of  Amos  Case, 
Sen.,  and  for  his  second,  Sarah,  daughter  of  Solomon  Buel, 
Sen.  He  commenced  his  farming  operation  in  the  town  of 
Norfolk;  from  there  he  removed  back  to  West  Simsbury  and 
settled  on  the  place  now  owned  by  Alvin  Bacon.  He 
afterward  moved  on  to  the  farm  now  owned  by  Giles  A. 
Sisson,  where  he  spent  the  remainder  of  his  life. 

Parents.  Born.  Died.  Age. 

Hosea  Case,  Oct.  6,  1756,  1834,    78. 

Rhoda  Case,  April  20,  1757,  1786,    29. 

Sarah  Buel,  1760,  1838,    78. 

Married  A.  D.  1787. 

Child.  Born.  Died.   Age. 

Rhoda,  1780,  1847,    67.    Married  Loin  Humphrey. 

ASA  CASE,  SEN.,  second  son  of  Dea.  Hosea  Case,  mar- 
ried for  his  first  wife,  Lois,  daughter  of  Solomon  Dill;  for  his 
second,  Thede,  widow  of  Benajah  Humphrey,  and  daughter 
of  Capt.  Zacheus  Case.  He  lived  on  the  place  now  owned 
by  his  youngest  son,  Milton  Case. 


Asa  Case, 
Lois  Dill, 
Thede  Humphrey, 



Lorinda,  ) 
Asa,  Jun.,  Dec. 
Dosa,          March 
Bera,  July 


!•  twins,  Oct.  1782, 

Born.  Died.  Age. 

1758,  1837,    79.    Married  January  28th,  1781. 

1759,  1812,    53. 
1766,  1851,    85. 

Born.  Died.  Agra. 


1,  1786. 
7,  1788. 
22,  1790. 

Married  Hepzibah  Buel. 
Married  Tirza  Case. 
Married  Sarah  Humphrey. 


Daughter,  May 
Hosea,         June 




25,  1793,  1793. 
13,  1794,  1827,  33. 

23,  1796,  1846,  50. 

24,  1799,  1833,  34. 

Milton.    Feb.    19,  1801. 

Married       1st,       Thede       M. 

Humphrey;     2d,       Charlotte 


Married  Solomon  V.  Case. 
Married  Orson  Reed. 
Married  Eunice  Reed. 

TITUS  CASE,  fourth  son  of  Dea.  Hosea  Case.  He 
married  for  his  first  wife,  Rebecca  Eggleston;  second  wife, 
Phebe  Tuttle.  He  commenced  his  family  state  on  the  East 
Hill,  on  the  place  now  occuped  by  Reuben  S.  Hull.  The 
last  years  of  his  life  he  lived  about  fifty  rods  south  of  the 
meeting-house,  Canton  center. 

Titus  Case, 
Rebecca  Eggleston. 
Phebe  Tuttle. 

Born.  Died.  Age. 
1768,  1845,  76.     Married  January  28th,  1790. 


Born.  Died.  Age. 

Titus  S. 

Francis  H.    Oct. 
Mary,  April 

Nov.  14,  1790. 
May  6,  1793. 
April  23,  1796,  1835,  39. 

1,  1797. 
20,  1800.  1808,  8. 


April    23,  1809. 

Married  John  Garrett. 
Married  Calvin  Case. 
Married  Terrissa  Humphrey. 
Married  Lucinda  Case. 

Married  Calvin  Case,  Jun. 



JAMES  BALTIMOEE,  known  as  Jim  Bait,  was  an  in- 
habitant of  this  town  as  early  or  earlier  than  1774.  He 
resided  with  or  near  Capt.  Dudley  Case,  in  the  part  of  New 
Hartford  that  is  now  Canton.  His  first  wife  died  as  early 
as  1780,  and  left  two  children,  viz.,  Polly,  born  1775,  and 
Sam,  born  1778.  Sam  remained  with  Capt.  Dud  (so  called) 
for  nearly  thirty  years,  and  was  indulged  with  greater  privi- 
leges and  liberties  than  commonly  fall  to  the  lot  of  colored 
people  in  families  of  wealth  and  standing.  He  appeared  to 
talk  as  though  he  had  a  good  share  of  influence  and  direc- 
tion in  the  common  departments  of  business,  and  was  known 
to  say  that  Capt.  Dud,  should  never  come  to  war»t  while  he 
lived.  The  sister,  Poll,  fared  harder  in  the  world,  and  saw 
much  trouble  and  ill-usage.  They  both  left  this  part  of  the 
country  many  years  ago.  James,  the  father,  for  second  wife, 
married  Susannah,  daughter  of  Col.  London  Wallace.  (Ne- 
groes received  and  valued  military  and  civil  titles  of  honor 
highly.)  He  was  set  up  on  the  east  end  of  the  farm  of  Charles 
and  Benajah  Humphrey,  south-east  of  the  house  of  Bera 
Case.  They  had  a  number  of  children;  part  of  them  died  in 
infancy  and  childhood.  While  the  family  remained  in  their 
tenement,  it  was  the  place  of  resort  for  colored  people,  both 
relatives  and  others,  which  is  generally  the  case  where  the 
colored  people  have  a  shelter,  a  family,  and  something  to 
live  on  for  the  present. 


LONDON  CHESTEE,  (called  Governor,  as  it  was  un- 
derstood that  he  had  held  that  office  among  the  Wethersfield 
negroes.)  He  was  through  the  prime  of  life,  the  servant  of 
Col.  John  Chester,  the  elder.  It  is  not  known  at  what  pe- 
riod of  time  he  received  his  freedom.  He  had  a  wife  named 
Betty,  and  during  the  last  years  of  her  life  he  resided  at  the 
place  now  called  Indian  Hill,  on  the  premises  now  owned  by 
the  Messrs.  Pike.  His  wife  died  in  1787,  and  he  after  that 
time  became  dependent  on  the  public  for  support.  It  ap- 
pears from  his  own  statements  that  he  came  from  Africa 
quite  young,  as  he  spoke  better  English  than  was  common 
for  that  race.  One  incident  he  used  to  relate,  would  show 
that  he  came  to  this  country  young.  He  said  that  in  the 
early  part  of  his  life  with  Master  Chester,  he  saw  one  morn- 
ing what  he  thought  to  be  a  very  pretty  puppy;  he  accord- 
ingly seized  him  with  a  view  to  play  with  him,  but  the  skunk 
soon  convinced  him  that  he  was  playing  with  the  wrong 
animal.  From  that  story  originated  the  name  of  "Wethers- 
field  puppy."  He  died  near  the  close  of  the  last  century, 
aged  about  80  years,  a  pauper  supported  by  New  Hartford. 

CHAELES  PEINCE  married  Tabitha  Quamino;  he 
had  been  several  years  in  the  employ  of  Capt.  Dudley  Case, 
and  was  viewed  by  the  family  and  the  people  of  the  neigh- 
borhood, as  an  honest,  industrious  and  meritorious  citizen, 
and  still  more,  he  and  his  wife  were  called  worthy  members 
of  the  church.  He  died  of  consumption,  A.  D.  1828,  and 
the  process  had  already  begun  whereby  he  was  wronged  out 
of  the  small  pittance  of  landed  estate  which  his  deceased 
patron  had  given  him  years  before,  but  had  not  executed 
the  deed;  from  that  period  the  family  appeared  to  sink  under 
their  misfortunes.  Some  died,  some  left  the  town,  and  very 
little  is  known  respecting  the  circumstances  of  the  survivors 
if  any  yet  remaim. 


SIMON  FLETCHER,  known  as  Lieut.  Simon,  erected 
a  house,  and  lived  in  it  on  the  land  of  Capt.  Dudley  Case. 
It  should  be  borne  in  mind  that  Capt.  Case,  with  his  first 
wife  Susanna,  were  reputed  kind  guardians  of  the  blacks, 
and  helpers  of  the  indigent  whites  who  lived  on  his  premises 
or  in  the  neighborhood.  Simon's  house  stood  by  the  brook, 
at  the  foot  of  the  hill  on  the  road  leading  to  Harvey  Mills  resi- 
dence. The  name  of  his  wife  is  not  known,  neither  the 
number  of  his  children,  but  among  his  children  was  Julius, 
who  had  his  skull  broken  in  by  the  kick  of  a  horse;  Julius  was 
born  about  1775.  The  family  disappeared  from  this  part  as 
early  as  1795.  Simon  was  what  is  called  a  second  or  third 
rate  fiddler,  and  the  same  may  be  said  of  a  great  share  of 
the  men  of  color  of  those  times.  On  the  east  confines  of 
New  Hartford,  and  on  the  north-west  part  of  Old  Simsbury, 
called  Negrotown,  were  many  blacks,  and  among  them  a 
good  number  of  fiddlers.  It  was  also  observable,  that 
wherever  there  was  a  colored  family  that  possessed  in  good 
measure  the  comforts  of  life,  there  were  sure  to  be  plenty 
of  hangers  on. 

WILCOX  was  probably  brought  from  Africa 
after  he  had  arrived  to  adult  years.  He  through  life,  spoke 
very  broken  English.  He,  or  his  services,  were  called  the 
property  of  Joseph  Wilcox,  2d,  or  Jun.  When  his  master 
was  found  dead  by  his  fall  in  the  barn  in  1759,  Caesar  was 
the  one  who  first  discovered  him  ;  he  went  into  the  house  to 
inform  his  mistress,  but  so  broken  was  his  language;  that  it 
required  a  long  time  with  the  help  of  signs,  before  he  could 
make  her  understand  what  he  wanted  to  communicate  to  her. 
He  was  afterward  sold  into  the  State  of  New  York,  where 
he  remained  till  after  the  death  of  his  master.  The  writer 
of  this  article  once  heard  him  say  that  he  dug  his  second 
master's  grave.  It  was  currently  reported  that  while  living 
in  the  State  of  New  York,  he  married  or  cohabited  with  a 
woman  of  his  race,  and  they  had  some  children.  He  in 


some  way  left  his  New  York  residence  and  returned  to  Con- 
necticut; the  time  not  definitely  known,  but  probably  as  late 
as  1780,  after  which  he  lived  in  an  unsettled  state,  according 
as  he  found  friends  or  employers;  sometimes  faring  middling 
well,  and  sometimes  very  poor.  When  Canton  was  incor- 
porated in  1806,  he  by  agreement  was  taken  by  Old  Sims- 
bury,  who  supported  him  during  the  last  years  of  his  life. 
He  died  in  1812,  quite  aged,  having  seen  enough  of  this 
world's  kindness  toward  worn  out  blacks. 

There  have  been  several  colored  persons  who  have  resided 
a  few  years  in  Canton,  but  not  in  family  state  at  so  early  a 
period  as  what  this  work  is  treating  of.  This  general  re- 
mark is  true  with  respect  to  Canton,  as  with  other  towns, 
and  even  with  Connecticut,  viz.,  that  the  colored  race  have 
strangely  dwindled  away,  and  in  great  measure  disappeared 
within  the  last  sixty-five  years,  and  no  one  can  tell  what  has 
become  of  them.  There  were,  at  different  periods  of  time, 
between  1750  and  1776,  some  four  or  five  negroes  held  as 
servants.  Some  of  them  had  died,  and  those  that  remained 
were  voluntarily  released. 


^cctesiastijcal  JtojcUtij  of  lelest 

ABOUT  the  year  1741,  the  people  of  West  Simsbury  began 
to  hold  religious  meetings  on  the  Sabbath,  in  private  houses. 
From  1747  to  1750,  two  preachers,  Rev.  Adonijah  Bidwell 
and  llev.  Timothy  Pitkin,  were  employed  to  preach,  each  for 
a  shore  time.  This  section  of  the  town  was  constituted  a 
distinct  parish  by  an  act  of  the  General  Assembly,  May, 
1750.  The  Congregational  church  was  organized,  it  is  sup- 
posed, about  the  same  time.  The  same  year,  Rev.  Evander 
Morrison,  who  was  from  Scotland,  was  installed  first  pastor 
of  the  church.  For  some  cause,  Mr.  Morrison  was  dismissed 
about  eleven  months  after  his  installation.  The  next  pastor 
was  Rev.  Gideon  Mills,  who  was  installed  in  1759,  and  con- 
tinued pastor  of  the  church  thirteen  years.  The  third  pastor 
was  Rev.  Seth  Sage,  installed  1774,  and  dismissed  1778. 
Rev.  Jeremiah  Hallock  was  the  fourth  pastor  of  the  church. 
He  was  ordained  October  26th,  1785,  and  continued  pastor 
till  his  death  in  June,  1826,  a  period  of  about  forty-one 
years.  Rev.  Jairus  Burt;  the  present  pastor,  was  ordained 
December  20th,  1826. 

The  first  meeting-house  was  built  in  1763,  and  was  occu- 
pied by  the  society  fifty-one  years,  having  been  taken  down 
in  1814.  A  new  house  erected  on  the  same  spot,  (now  Can- 
ton Center,)  was  dedicated  January  5th,  1815.  (See  Phelps 
History  of  Simsbury,  Grariby  and  Canton.) 


And  remarkable  seasons  ivhich  occurred  at  different  periods,  and 
were  of  public  notoriety  at  the  time  of  their  happening,  and  had 
an  important  bearing  on  many  individuals,  and  in  some  in- 
stances on  the  whole  population  of  the  then  inhabitants  of  the 
society  of  West  Simsbury,  (now  Canton.) 

1755. — The  French  War  which  existed  in  former  years  at  different 
periods,  became  more  operative  and  distressing  to  New  England  and 
the  other  northern  States.  Certain  youngerly  men  were  called  into 
the  English  army;  some  of  them  lost  their  lives. 

1762. — Was  the  time  of  the  unfortunate  expedition  against  Hav- 
annah;  several  young  men  went  in  a  company  which  was  raised 
principally,  in  the  then  town  of  Simsbury,  under  the  command  of 
Capt.  Noah  Humphrey.  Among  the  soldiers  of  that  company  were 
Dudley  Miller,  and  Jonathan  Barber,  both  of  whom  died.  Theoph- 
ilus  Humphrey  went  and  lived  to  return. 

1763.— Was  memorable  for  the  peace  between  England  and 

1775. — Memorable  for  the  commencement  of  the  Revolutionary 
War,  which  called  many  men  into  the  army  in  the  vicinity  of  Boston. 

1776. — Memorable  for  the  declaration  of  American  independ- 
ence; the  many  disasters  that  befel  the  American  army,  both  by 
defeat  and  by  mortal  sickness,  which  prevailed  among  the  officers  and 
soldiers  in  the  army,  and  spread  among  the  citizens  at  home  in  the 
summer  and  autumn,  and  sent  death  and  motirning  into  many  fami- 
lies, and  almost  entirely  destroyed  some,  that  a  few  weeks  before 
were  prosperous  and  healthful. 

1777.— Was  memorable  to  Canton,  by  the  breaking  out  of  the 
small-pox  among  the  people;  some  six  to  ten  died,  and  others  were 
brought,  as  it  were,  to  death's  door.  Soldiers  returning  from  the  war, 
brought  the  disease  and  gave  it  to  their  families  and  friends.  The 


sufferings  and  privations  of  the  people  were  great;  among  many  other 
things,  the  want  of  laborers  to  raise  and  harvest  the  crops,  necessary 
for  the  sustenence  of  life  to  man  and  beast.  It  was  a  well-authen- 
ticated fact  at  the  time  and  afterward,  that  many  females  belonging 
to  respectable  families,  from  the  necessity  of  the  case,  voluntarily 
performed  manual  labor  on  the  farms,  with  the  hoe,  the  manure  fork, 
the  hay  fork  and  the  sickle,  and  other  farming  tools  commonly  used 
by  farmers  and  their  sons.  It  would  surely  be  a  sight  worth  looking 
at  for  the  young  females  at  the  present  day,  if  they  could  see  their 
grandmothers  performing  that  labor  which  was  laid  upon  them  for 
the  helps  of  their  families  and  their  country. 

1778. — The  latter  part  of  this  year  and  the  beginning  of  1779, 
was  memorable  for  much  sickness  in  North  Canton;  the  disease  was 
then  called  the  long  fever. 

1779. — Memorable  for  a  very  early  and  forward  spring.  It  passed 
as  a  well-attested  fact  by  credible  men,  that  apple  trees  were  in  full 
blossom  on  the  15th  of  April;  but  there  afterward  came  a  severe  and 
cutting  frost  that  destroyed  all  the  fruit. 

1779-80. — This  winter  was  remarkably  severe  and  long,  attended 
with  excessive  deep  snows,  which  occasioned  great  hardships  and 
sufferings  in  various  ways  to  man  and  beast. 

1780. — Was  noted  for  the  dark  day  that  occurred  May  19th.  It 
was  probably  occasioned  by  an  accumulation  of  thick  and  dense  masses 
of  vapor  and  smoke. 

1781. — Was  memorable  for  the  burning  of  New  London  and  the 
inhuman  butchery  of  the  garrison  at  fort  Griswold,  on  Groton  hill; 
but  Connecticut  was  soon  cheered  with  the  joyful  news  pf  the  capture 
of  Lord  Cornwallis,  which  put  a  brighter  appearance  on  the  pros- 
pects of  America. 

1783. — Was  blessed  and  the  country  with  it,  by  bringing  about 
peace  between  England  and  the  United  States;  and  the  return  home 
of  officers  and  soldiers  from  the  army.  This  year  was  also  noted  for 
the  great  revival  of  religion  which  commenced  early  in  the  summer 
and  continued  into  the  year  1784.  There  were  a  goodly  number 
then  added  to  the  visible  Church,  who  very  generally  through  life, 
were  an  honor  to  the  blessed  cause  which  they  professed,  and  so 
lived  and  died  as  to  obtain  a  good  report.  The  fruits  of  that  revival 
have  all  been  gathered  in.  Mr.  Edmund  Mills,  nephew  of  the  Rev. 
Gideon  Mills,  the  former  minister,  was  the  preacher  for  a  number 
of  months,  assisted  by  Messrs.  Robins,  Gillett,  Mills,  Miller,  Smalley, 


and  others,  who  were  providentially  sent  there  to  preach  and  attend 
religious  meetings. 

1785. — Was  blessed  by  the  ministerial  labors  and  settlement  of 
the  Rev.  Mr.  Hallock,  whose  pious  and  useful  labors  with  us  con- 
tinued more  than  forty  years. 

1786. — "Was  memorable  for  the  appearance  of  the  insect  called  the 
Hessian  fly.  It  was  among  other  events  noted  for  an  extreme  high 
and  destructive  flood  in  October. 

1787.— Memorable  by  the  promulgation  of  the  new  Constitution  of 
the  United  States.  Some  in  Simsbury  liked  it,  while  others  hated 
it.  The  town  of  Simsbury  instructed  their  two  delegates,  Gen.  Noah 
Phelps,  and  Esquire  Daniel  Humphrey,  to  oppose  its  adoption  by  the 
State,  and  they  obeyed  their  instructions,  though  Esquire  Humphrey 
said  it  was  against  his  personal  inclination,  but  it  was  adopted  in  the 
State  Constitution  in  January,  1788. 

1788. — Was  a  wet,  cold  unfruitful  summer;  grain  of  all  kinds  very 
poor.  A  very  destructive  wind  or  hurricane  in  August,  which  pros- 
trated the  poor  standing  corn,  made  great  destruction  in  the  groves  of 
wood,  injured  many  buildings,  and  entirely  destroyed  some. 

1789. — Was  a  time  of  uncommon  scarcity  for  bread,  the  staff  of 
life,  and  almost  a  famine  was  occasioned  by  the  previous  unfruitful 
year.  Many  families  who  were  termed  good  livers,  and  of  middling 
property,  lived  on  bran  bread,  while  others  ordered  their  rye  ground 
without  bolting,  and  in  other  respects,  lived  on  food  to  correspond 
with  it,  while  many  were  much  troubled  to  obtain  that  coarse  fare, 
for  labor  or  money.  In  a  word,  it  was  a  time  of  great  scarcity 
and  extreme  suffering  among  the  people,  till  the  last  of  July,  when 
the  rye  went  to  the  grist  mill,  very  soon  from  the  hands  of  the  reap- 
ers. In  the  spring  of  this  year,  blossoms  and  vegetation  generally 
were  backward,  but  the  summer  was  fruitful.  In  October,  appeared 
among  us  and  through  this  region  of  country,  the  epidemic  called 
influenza.  It  proved  destructive  to  many,  especially  to  the  aged  and 
infirm.  It  appeared  again  in  April  and  May,  1790,  with  similar 

1793. — Was  a  year  of  much  sickness  among  children  and  youth; 
the  disease  was  canker  rash  or  scarlet  fever,  which  sent  sorrow  and 
mourning  into  many  families. 

1794. — The  spring  was  uncommonly  early  and  forward;  apple 
blossoms  were  seen  as  early  as  the  22d  of  April,  vegetation  pro- 
gressed rapidly,  blossoms  fell  off,  and  were  followed  by  the  young 


fruit,  but  on  the  night  of  the  17th  of  May,  there  came  a  destructive 
frost  that  killed  fruit  and  vegetation,  which  was  so  forward  that  even 
rye  was  killed  on  some  low  land,  and  garden  productions  destroyed, 
all  that  could  be  hurt  by  the  frost. 

1795. — Was  termed  a  favorable  year  for  farmers;  English  grain, 
corn,  and  grass  uncommonly  good;  grain  and  live  stock  commanding 
a  high  price.  But  the  seeds  were  germinating  whereby  in  1796,  the 
American  commerce  was  seriously  annoyed,  both  by  England  and 
France,  which  annoyance  continued  till  1800.  The  Jay  treaty  set- 
tled the  matter  as  it  respected  England,  but  it  raised  the  jealousy  of 
France  in  1796,  which  eventuated  in  French  depredations  on  Amer- 
ican commerce,  which  lasted  till  the  conclusion  of  the  Ellsworth 
treaty  in  1800.  During  the  four  years  previous  to  1800,  there  were 
honorable  politicians,  who  by  looking  through  different  glasses,  saw 
the  position  of  the  different  parties,  and  in  this  period  the  two  great 
parties  called  Federalists  and  Democrats  arose,  and  entered  the  polit- 
ical field  in  violent  combat  against  each  other,  both  of  them  claiming 
the  honor  of  following  the  political  opinions,  and  walking  in  the  foot- 
steps of  the  great  Father  of  his  country — Washington.  This  party 
strife  has  passed  through  different  shapes,  assumed  various  names  and 
enlisted  and  paid  different  partisans,  for  more  than  sixty  years;  but 
enough  of  these  remarks.  The  great  political  campaign  of  1800, 
resulted  in  a  change  of  men  and  measures,  as  respected  the  national 
government ;  and  there  have  been  the  ins  and  the  outs,  as  respected 
power,  at  all  periods,  in  the  country's  history. 

1798. — Was  memorable  by  a  great  and  powerful  work  of  the 
Holy  Spirit,  in  awakening  and  hopefully  converting  many  stout- 
hearted sinners,  and  among  them  some  who  had  fortified  themselves 
in  infidelity.  The  reformation  appeared  to  be  notable,  and  was  visi- 
ble through  their  after  lives.  See  the  notice  of  that  revival  as 
published  in  the  Connecticut  Evangelical  Magazine,  for  December, 

1801.— March  was  rendered  memorable  by  the  inauguration  of 
President  Jefferson  in  the  chair  of  state.  A  notable  event  soon  after 
followed,  viz.,  the  Jefferson  flood,  an  event  of  great  notoriety.  It 
far  surpassed  anything  of  the  kind  within  the  memory  of  the  oldest 
of  the  Fathers,  and  most  of  the  high  water  marks  yet  remain  unsur- 
passed for  the  last  fifty -five  years.  It  carried  off  the  grist  and  saw 
mill  belonging  to  Moses  &  Cleveland,  (situated  west  of  the  house  of 
Marvin  Case,)  and  in  it  a  boy  and  girl  belonging  to  Mr.  Joeiah  At- 


kins;  the  girl  was  saved  but  the  boy   perished,   aged  16  years.    His 
body  was  found  in  the  meadows  more  than  a  mile  below  the  mill. 

The  winters  of  1801  and  1802  were  uncommonly  mild  and  open; 
but  the  winter  of  1803-4;  was  remarkable  in  the  opposite  extreme. 
The  winter  commenced  in  earnest  on  the  24th  of  December,  and  con- 
tinued with  increasing  severity,  and  without  material  mitigation, 
until  near  the  last  of  March.  The  snows  were  frequent,  and  very 
deep  on  a  level,  and  were  by  the  wind  whirled  into  drifts  of  uncom- 
mon depth,  so  that  most  of  the  roads  except  the  most  public,  and 
constant  traveled  ones,  were  wholly  forsaken  and  untraveled  for 
several  weeks.  There  were  deep  snow-drifts,  even  in  some  sun- 
shining  places  till  near  the  last  days  of  May.  It  was  at  that  time 
thought  to  surpass  any  winter  that  had  been  since  1780. 

1805. — Was  in  some  respects  notable  for  good  to  Canton  in  relig- 
ious concerns.  There  were  appearances  of  an  awakening  in  June 
At  that  time  the  vegetable  world  was  to  appearance,  threatened  with  a 
severe  drouth,  especially  the  Indian  corn.  On  the  last  sabbath  in 
July,  Mr.  Hallock  appointed  a  day  of  humiliation  and  prayer  for  the 
church  and  people,  on  the  following  Wednesday,  taking  into  consid- 
tion  the  low  state  of  religion,  and  the  dependence  of  the  people  on 
the  great  Giver  of  all  good.  The  day  came  and  was  observed  by 
the  religious  community,  with  some  degree  of  sincerity.  But  during 
the  afternoon  of  that  day  the  people  were  met  by  a  plentiful  supply 
of  temporal  rain,  and  an  apparent  increase  of  spiritual  blessings. 
The  weeks  that  followed  were  weeks  of  fruitfulness.  The  religious 
part  of  the  community  were  wont  to  speak  of  that  favor  as  a  kind 
interposition  of  a  merciful  God. 

1806. — Was  memorable  for  the  incorporation  of  the  town  of  Can- 
ton. With  respect  to  the  season,  a  severe  drouth  commenced  in 
June  and  lasted  till  September.  It  killed  the  turf  in  many  of  the 
upland  mow  lots,  but  the  summer  of  1807,  was  so  extremely  wet  and 
growing,  as  to  restore  the  ground  to  its  wonted  greenness. 

1808. — Was  memorable  to  Canton  by  the  malady  called  the  spot- 
ted fever,  which  in  April,  May  and  June,  sent  death,  and  sorrow,  and 
mourning,  into  many  of  our  dwellings. 

1809-10.— The  winter  of  1809-10,  was  noted  as  a  remarkable 
open  winter.  It  was  literally  true  that  people  might,  as  respected  the 
state  of  the  ground,  have  plowed  every  month  in  the  winter. 

1810. — Was  very  memorable  for  the  sudden  change  from  warm 
to  cold,  which  happened  on  the  18th  of  January.  The  afternoon  of 
that  day  was  uncommonly  mild  and  even  warm  for  the  season,  but 


before  eleven  o'clock  that  night,  the  cold  was  intense,  and  the  wind 
blowing  a  hurricane.  The  public  journals  of  that  period  told  of 
many  strange  appearances;  of  freezing  high  wind,  upon  agitated, 
freezing  water.  Many  buildings  were  blown  down,  and  many  trees 
prostrated.  The  cold  continued  violent  for  three  succeeding  days; 
then  the  sudden  changes  from  one  extreme  of  cold  or  heat  to  the 
other,  went  on  as  it  had  done  before. 

1812. — Was  memorable  by  the  breaking  out  of  the  war  between 
America  and  England,  which  raged  with  great  violence  for  nearly 
three  years.  Different  politicians  of  the  different  beligerent  nations, 
did,  for  the  time  being,  express  their  different  views  respecting  the 
call  for  the  war,  but  both  nations  were  extremely  glad  to  be  rid  of  it 
soon  as  possible. 

1814.— Was  memorable  to  the  Congregational  church  and  society 
of  Canton.  The  meeting-house  having  become  too  small  for  the 
congregation,  and  also  dilapidated,  it  was  almost  unanimously  agreed 
by  the  society  to  build  a  new  and  commodious  house,  provided  the 
means  could  be  raised  by  subscription  to  defray  the  expense.  The 
papers  were  circulated,  and  the  people  mostly  throughout  the  entire 
town,  subscribed  more  or  less,  and  many  of  the  society  very  liberally, 
for  the  object.  The  necessary  funds  being  raised,  the  society  voted 
to  build  on  the  old  site,  and  with  great  unanimity  and  strength  re- 
moved the  old  house,  reduced  the  hill  on  which  it  stood,  and  made  a 
dry  and  pleasant  site  for  the  new  house.  The  work  of  collecting 
materials  for  building  was  soon  commenced,  at  which  point  Mr. 
Orange  Case,  one  of  the  most  enterprising  and  valuable  members  of 
the  church  and  society  was  instantly  killed  by  the  falling  of  a  tree, 
which  tree  was  designed  for  a  part  of  the  frame  of  the  new  house. 
This  solemn  and  unexpected  event  cast  a  gloom  over  the  community 
that  was  not  soon  forgotten.  But  not  withstanding  this  afflictive  dis- 
pensation, the  Lord  gave  the  people  strength  and  a  united  heart  to 
go  forward  and  build  the  house  for  his  worship.  The  summer  sea- 
son was  remarkable  for  the  frequent  and  powerful  showers,  accom- 
panied with  unusual  thunder  and  lightning,  rendering  the  earth  less 
productive  than  usual,  yet  there  was  a  competency  for  the  wants  of 
the  people. 

1816. — Was  remarkable  for  a  cold  summer,  so  much  so  that  the 
effects  of  frost  were  visible  in  every  month  except  August,  during  the 
season.  The  Indian  corn  was  almost  entirely  cut  off,  and  the  small 
portion  that  remained  was  materially  injured.  The  rye  harvest, 
though  threatened  by  the  frosts,  was  wonderfully  preserved  and  re- 


markably  good,  furnishing  for  the  people  beyond  their  most  sanguine 
expectations,  the  staff  of  life. 

1821. — Was  a  year  of  unusual  interest  on  account  of  a  revival  of 
religion,  by  which  the  church  was  strengthened  by  numbers  and 

1826. — Was  remarkable  for  the  barrenness  of  the  fore  part  of  the 
summer,  which  caused  a  scarcity  of  food  in  the  pastures,  and  a  short 
crop  of  hay  for  the  cattle,  by  means  of  which  the  price  of  stock  was 
extremely  depressed.  About  the  last  of  August  came  one  of  the 
most  powerful  rains  ever  known  in  this  vicinity,  and  occasioned  one 
of  the  greatest  freshets  ever  known  by  the  oldest  inhabitants,  sweep- 
ing away  mills,  bridges,  fences  and  roads,  in  a  manner  almost  unpar- 
alleled. The  rain  fell  principally  between  the  hours  of  10  A.  M.  and 

The  latter  part  of  the  season  was  favorable  for  the  products  of  the 
earth,  which  were  brought  to  maturity  and  furnished  the  means  of 
subsistance  for  man  and  beast.  This  year  was  memorable  also,  on 
account  of  the  death  of  Rev.  Jeremiah  Hallock,  the  faithful  and 
devoted  pastor  of  the  church.  The  important  and  interesting  relation 
that  had  long  existed  between  him  and  his  people  was  dissolved  by 
his  death  on  the  28d  day  of  June,  1826.  His  death  occasioned  the 
most  intense  feeling  and  deep  interest,  and  spread  an  almost  impene- 
trable cloud  over  the  community;  yet  his  pious  and  devoted  life,  and 
his  peaceful  death,  carried  the  conviction  to  every  reflecting  mind, 
that  he  had  exchanged  this  world  of  toil,  and  care,  and  pain,  for  that 
better  and  brighter  world  above. 

His  amiable  and  beloved  consort  closed  her  connection  with  earthly 
scenes  on  the  3d  day  of  November,  1826,  She  was  a  bright  exam- 
ple of  industry,  economy  and  piety,  always  ready  to  do  all  in  her 
power  to  relieve  the  sick  and  suffering,  and  promote  the  spiritual 
and  temporal  welfare  of  the  people.  "The  heart  of  her  husband  did 
safely  trust  in  her,  and  her  children  did  rise  up  and  call  her  blessed." 

Soon  after  the  death  of  Mr.  Hallock,  the  interesting  and  import 
ant  question  began  to  be  raised,  Where  shall  we  go,  and  whom  shall 
we  find  to  fill  the  place  made  vacant  by  his  death? 

The  committee  of  the  church  and  society  were  directed  to  Mr. 
Jairus  Burt,  a  licentiate  then  preaching  in  Colerain,  Mass.  He  was 
accordingly  invited  to  supply  the  pulpit  for  a  time,  and  accepted  the 
invitation.  His  labors  being  acceptable  to  the  church  and  people,  the 
society  in  a  full  meeting,  all,  with  'one  solitary  exception,  voted  to 
give  him  a  call  to  become  their  pastor.  After  due  consideration,  the 


call  was  accepted,  and  in  December  following,  the  solemn  relation 
was  entered  into  by  his  ordination. 

1827. — Will  be  long  remembered  on  account  of  the  great  revival 
of  religion  which  spread  over  the  entire  town,  and  continued  for  some 
months  causing  great  accessions  to  the  churches  and  a  moral  refor- 
mation generally. 

In  1831,  the  church  was  again  blessed  with  a  revival  which  resulted 
in  gathering  a  goodly  number,  including  several  heads  of  families, 
into  the  church. 

Soon  after  this  a  church  was  formed  in  the  villige  of  Collinsville, 
by  means  of  which  a  very  important  portion  of  the  Congregational 
church  and  society  chose  to  remove  their  relation  to  that  church  and 
society,  on  account  of  the  convenient  location,  and  accordingly  the 
relation  heretofore  existing  was  mutually  and  peacefully  dissolved. 
But  notwithstanding  the  great  diminution  of  members,  the  first 
church,  and  society  are,  by  the  blessing  of  the  Great  Head  of  the 
Church,  yet  favored  with  the  ordinances  of  the  Gospel,  and  with  the 
disposition  and  ability  to  support  them  to  the  present  time. 


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